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    Weʼve raised £2,130 to Help raise emergency funds for extra security and other essentials for the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage which was attacked by poachers.

    KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    Funded on Saturday, 25th March 2017

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    On the 21/02/2017, the worst possible thing happened at Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage, a refuge and rehabilitation center for rhinos and other animals who have lost their families to poaching.

    Two armed men stormed into the orphanage, held the staff hostage, ripped out the security cameras and shot two 18-month-old white rhinos, Impy and Gugu. Both rhinos had their horns brutally removed, which the poachers will probably try and sell for a large amount of money.

    "As a rhino person who's rehabilitating rhinos in this poaching crisis, you think that your worst fear is that one of the rhino that you're working on is going to be shot or injured or killed," Karen Trendler, the director of Thula Thula, said in a Facebook Live interview. "So that worst nightmare was realized … it's just beyond comprehension."

    Gugu immediately died after being shot, but Impy remained alive, despite being badly injured. "They did deface him [Impy] while he was still alive, and it was so bad that he had to be euthanized," Trendler said in an tearful interview.

    "Impy survived a particularly brutal poaching," Trendler said in an interview. "He stayed at his mother's carcass for six days, moving away just a short distance to eat … because he was obviously very hungry and very thirsty. And when he came in, I still remember so clearly, sitting with this tiny little rhino who was covered in blood splatter from where they shot the mom, and he smelled terribly of carcass fluids, and … that reality hitting me — this is what rhino poaching is about, this is what these little guys go through."

    What we need now is to act quickly for the protection of the remaining rhinos and also, of course, all the dedicated staff at the orphanage with deadly anti-poaching actions and extra security that they need.

    PLEASE support these wonderful people in their hour of need.

    Thank you





    • Paul Christian5 years ago
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      Paul Christian

      5 years ago

      I would like to thank EVERYONE who has contributed to the fund. This is an incident that has really touched the heart-strings of so many people. It also shows the lengths that poachers will go to to get a Rhino's horn. What made this incident even worse was the fact that staff were assaulted (one severely sexually assaulted) and the poachers then hacked off the baby Rhino's horns in front of them. Horrific isn't sufficient a word to describe it! Let's hope with the funds raised Thula Thula can get the security that they so desperately need.

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    • Paul Christian6 years ago
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      6 years ago

      An update from Karen Trendler. As each day goes by my respect for these guys (superman Axel and special ladies, Nicole and Lexie) grows. In spite of going through a really rough time they have continued to focus on the care of the rhino and hippo. Heartfelt thanks goes to Nicole Venter. During the assault, in spite of being terrified and with weapons pointed at her, she had the incredible bravery and presence of mind to negotiate with the poachers not to shoot Duma and managed to get him away and into a room, keeping him safe. Thank You!

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    Page last updated on: 3/25/2017 16.30



    • Stephen Morgan

      Stephen Morgan

      Mar 25, 2017


    • Lauren Heyworth

      Lauren Heyworth

      Mar 24, 2017

    • Fiona


      Mar 24, 2017

      Keep going, huge respect. Never forget the worlds animals


    • Michael Depping

      Michael Depping

      Mar 24, 2017

      Head on with your fantastic work to protect our global heritage.


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      John Natarelli

      Mar 24, 2017


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    • Alistair McGregor

      Alistair McGregor

      Mar 23, 2017

      Keep doing a fantastic job for our Rhinos


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    Paul Christian

    Paul Christian

    KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

    I am a wildlife advocate and I am 100% dedicated to raising awareness about wildlife crime and its effect on the environment. I am the proud foster parent of Lentili, an orphan Elephant at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

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