In 2018, a rhino mother and her calf were attacked by a large pride of lions in the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. The rhino mother tried her hardest to protect her calf, but eventually had to flee to save her own life. The calf was left behind and was now a target for the lions. Safari guides observed the incident and courageously intervened – scaring the lions away with their cars. The baby rhino was rescued and taken to the ranger station where its wounds were treated.
A rhino calf is milk-dependent for at least 1,5 year and rhinos are very sensitive animals and require a special milk composition. Fortunately, the elephant milk sponsored by the Academy of Zoo and Wildlife, which has also been used to successfully raise elephant calves, meets the required conditions.
The Kilimanjaro Animal C.R.E.W. vets travelled to the Ngorongoro Crater to first of all continue the care for the calf and to make a plan how to best support the animal in the future.
The whole team is working tirelessly to provide, care and nurture this individual of such an endangered species.