Since your visit there has been lots going on. The building for the rhino rehabilitation centre is well on the way. The site in which the facility is being built has an original farm house already on it. This is currently being converted into self contained staff accommodation which will also include an educational room/boardroom that the local communities can use. Working with local communities is essential to ensuring the long term success of conservation efforts.
We recently had Karen Trendler come to visit, who has had 25 years of experience in rhino and wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. She runs the rhino orphanage up north and came to look at what we are doing and to give us her advice on the best possible way we can build the rehab centre from what the current needs are at the moment and what type of facility is lacking in the area. It is fantastic to have her on board with this project and we are looking forward to working with her in the future. We are going to concentrate on building state of the art ICU and nursing facilities for the babies that come in. They will be highly traumatised, so we want to create a facility where we give the best possible care in a calm and comfortable environment.
We will then build interconnecting bomas graduating in size, which will enable the orphans to smell and get used to each other before being introduced and also so they can be easily moved without having too much human interference or having to be sedated.
We have also been able to do the horn treatment on both our rhino, which works by injecting a dye in the horn which is made up of various components, and if its consumed it will affect the nervous system, cause severe headaches and sickness none of which may never resolve back to normal. It is also xray detectable. Warning signs have been placed all around the reserve stating that all the rhinos have had their horns poisoned. We have increased our 24 hr security for our two rhinos and have been able to provide our guards with the best training, which is essential for the increasingly dangerous poaching situation.