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Tragic end of black rhino, Shida

Recently I read the sad news about the death of Shida, this beautiful black rhino, hand-reared from infancy by humans in the Nairobi orphanage. At the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary at Tsavo West National Park (meant to become her permanent home, a protected area and the perfect habitat for rhinos) Shida unfortunately died from injuries after a dramatic fight with a wild rhino opponent on 18 March 2011.

In 2005 when I visited the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage, I made this picture of him, while he was having a rest in his stockade. When I met him, he was a happy, content and playful two years old rhino, being hand-reared at the orphanage. He came to the Nairobi's nursery on 30 August 2003 and was given the name Shida, in Kiswhahili this means 'problem', the problem of being born to a mother nearing the end of her natural life.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is an organization in Kenya committed to wildlife conservation, in particularly helping black rhinos and elephant orphans. The elephant orphanage in Nairobi provides shelter for baby elephants and rhino calves. The orphans are saved, reared and offered a second chance of life and freedom by the Trust. All orphans raised by the Trust are gradually rehabilitated back into the wildlife.

David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was one of the first organizations to alert the world to the plight of the black rhino in Kenya after two decades of rampant poaching within the country's established national parks and remote unprotected areas in the North. Nowadays, there are fewer than 500 black rhinos left in Kenya and only 1500 in the entire world. The survival of the black rhino continues to be threatened by the value of their keratin horns in the Far East.

Thanks to the help of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Shida had the chance to live a happy and fullfilling life of 8 years as a wild free ranging rhino.

If you wish to help orphaned elephants or rhinos, more information can be found on their website http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

Photo credits: Cbomers.

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April 21, 2011

Haslinda

Its a sad tale and at the same time full of hope. Thanks for the link.

April 20, 2011

Mariaam

Thanks for sharing the info!

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