Poaching is a tragedy that has been plaguing many species in Africa for years. Since 2013, almost 4,000 rhinos have been poached in South Africa and the numbers keep growing.
In 2007, the number of rhinos poached was 13, but in 2015 that number has skyrocketed to 1,175. Care for Wild Africa is a sanctuary that rescues animals injured by poachers.
Many animals are hurt or left abandoned, as poachers have killed their mothers for their horns. Just like these poor little rhinos who lost their mother when they were very young. The animals at Care for Wild Africa are rehabilitated in an enriching environment until they are ready to re-enter the wild.
Thor is a black rhino at the sanctuary. His mother was killed when he was only 2-weeks-old. Thor was left behind. Volunteers wanted to capture what a day in the life of one of these highly endangered animals looks like at the sanctuary.
Thor’s day was pretty average to start out. He enjoyed some mango leaves, there was a group nap among the rhinos, and then even more eating. But when it was play time, Thor proved that he really is just a baby. His reaction to seeing the other rhinos in the field is too cute for words.
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