Rhino Orphanage
Saving the rhino, one calf at a time

In 2012, the RhinoProtect project was expanded. In December of that year two rhinos were introduced to Inverdoorn Game Reserve, bringing the total number of rhinos up to five. The new rhinos were a bit different to the ones already on the reserve, because they were calves. Merely three months old, the two were relocated to Inverdoorn from Limpopo after losing their mothers to poachers.

The pair consists of a male and a female. The owner of Inverdoorn, Damien Vergnaud, and his staff elected to name the baby rhinos as they would become ambassadors of the newly erected rhino orphanage. The male was dubbed Bundu, which is a South African slang word denoting an uninhabited, wild region. The female was named after a beloved Afrikaans’ children’s story character, Lavinia. The orphanage is situated in front of the 5-star Luxury Chalets and Ambassador Suite. Guests are able to walk up to the orphanage and greet the baby rhinos. They will eventually be released into the main part of the reserve to roam free. Their handlers attend to them with the utmost care and attention and the big babies are fed twice a day. It is RhinoProtect’s mission to save more baby rhinos who have become victims of the poaching crisis. Together with the horn treatment, the wildlife initiative aims to both rescue and protect rhinos in order to preserve the species for many generations to come.