Rhino, Rhino, Rhino!
World Rhino Day is on September 22 and we thought we would concentrate this blog on all things rhino.
World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhino: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos – and we will be marking the day here on Lewa!
The little fellow here is Nicky, an orphaned blind black rhino who has cleverly learnt to use his prehensile lip to open taps – unfortunately he is not too concerned about closing them when he has had his fill!
Earlier this month Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Kenya Wildlife Service moved a total of 11 critically endangered black rhino from Lewa on to a neighbouring conservancy. The translocation will help to decongest Lewa’s rhino population and is a celebration of Lewa’s success as a rhino sanctuary – years of conservation efforts have seen their black rhino population increase to reach its maximum carrying capacity of 110.
Also earlier this month, in a colourful, symbolic occasion that united conservation, culture and politics, Lewa’s youngest rhino orphan calf acquired the name Kilifi and a new family on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
That’s all from us here on Lewa – look out for our next blog when we’ll be giving an update on the translocation and on our Rhino Day celebrations.
Vanessa & Marcus