Baby rhino rescued in Kruger

Jemu being carried to helicopter by Dr. Markus Hofmeyr (vet), Don English (Regional Section Ranger, KNP), Grant Knight (helicopter pilot) and Louis Strauss (General Manager, Jock Safari Lodge, KNP) for her transfer to CFW (Care for Wild) Rhino Sanctuary
Jemu being carried to helicopter by Dr. Markus Hofmeyr (vet), Don English (Regional Section Ranger, KNP), Grant Knight (helicopter pilot) and Louis Strauss (General Manager, Jock Safari Lodge, KNP) for her transfer to CFW (Care for Wild) Rhino Sanctuary

Jock Environmental Monitoring Unit (JEMU) at Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park, recently located a four-month-old rhino calf wandering alone around the Jock Concession.

For the General Manager, Louis Strauss and rangers, this was a clear indication that the Mother was dead. A carcass was later found, which was suspected to be the mother, killed by poachers for her horns. The Regional Section Ranger of the Kruger National Park was contacted and within 30 minutes a helicopter with help was on its way. The small calf was darted and airlifted to the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary close to the Kruger National Park. There was a great team effort by everyone that was involved to ensure that this little one has a fighting chance.

General Manger, Jock Safari Lodge, Louis Strauss said: “In these desperate

Louis Strauss and Hanri Du Toit, team member (JEMU, Jock Environmental Monitoring Unit) after loading baby JEMU safely into the helicopter
Louis Strauss and Hanri Du Toit, team member (JEMU, Jock Environmental Monitoring Unit) after loading baby JEMU safely into the helicopter

times every rhino’s life that we can save will contribute to the success of the rhinos. Young rhino who lose their mothers will only survive a night or two in the wild before being killed by lion or hyena. The Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary named her ‘Jemu’, after our team who found and helped save her.”

Do you enjoy wildlife news? Click here to read about some wild babies who were born this spring! More interested in where the babies come from? Click here to read about how animals find ‘the one’!

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