Thula Thula has shown its involvement and commitment in wildlife protection and conservation, together with the local communities since its opening in 1998, including cooperation on skill development and training of young people in conservation and hospitality from the surrounding communities. “We are honoured to have the five Amakhosi from the Fundimvelo Conservation Community Trust as our partners as land owners of the Fundimvelo reserve in this new venture, which will allow us to carry on the legacy started by my late husband Lawrence Anthony in matters of community involvement,” said Mrs Francoise Malby Anthony, Managing Director of Thula Thula Game Reserve.
“We are truly privileged to be in partnership with the animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS, whose commitment to rescue and save wildlife at international level is well known. LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, in the Free State, created and owned by FOUR PAWS, is a magnificent example of Big Cat rescues from zoos and circuses from all around the world.” Continued Francoise Anthony.
With the ever increasing threat to wildlife worldwide, security for any facility is always a high priority and the Thula Thula Wildlife Rehab Centre has been geared to address these criminal, yet inevitable attacks on innocent creatures.
A professional team of animal caretakers, well trained, experienced and passionate have been tasked with caring for the daily needs of wounded or orphaned animals at the centre, under the guidance of local wildlife veterinarians.
All for the passion and dedication for conservation.
“We would like to thank everyone involved in the Thula Thula Wildlife rehabilitation centre for helping us to keep the dream alive, to help care for all wildlife, great and small.” Concluded Anthony.
ANTI-POACHING PROTECTION FOR OUR RHINOS.
THE STORY OF THABO AND NTOMBI
Today’s value of rhino horn is about $90 000 per kilogram. That’s more valuable than gold. The slaughter continues with the horrific statistic of one rhino killed every nine hours in South Africa.
Demand has spiralled out of control in Asia, mainly China and Vietnam, where users wrongly believe it has powerful healing properties. Despite South Africa’s war on poaching, the slaughter continues unabated
After the reserve’s last rhino, Heidi was slaughtered for her horn in 2009, we adopted two baby orphans called Thabo and Ntombi, and hand-reared them until they were 18 months old. They were then released into the reserve under 24/7 surveillance by armed guards.
TAKING ACTION TO SAFEGUARD THE LIFE OF OUR RHINOS AS ANTI-POACHING DETERRENT
In 2013, their horns were infused with a special dye to further protect them. And in 2016, we were forced to take the drastic measure of removing their horns. Horns are made of the same substance as fingernails so this procedure causes no pain and potentially saves their lives. In June 2017, we renewed the operation of dehorning, or rather trimming their horns as this needs to be done every year as the horns grow about 10 cm per year.
To add to this extreme measure, satellite and GPS tracking collars were set up on each rhino.
Our mission is to raise awareness and funds with the THULA THULA RHINO FUND, a conservation project of the SOUTH AFRICAN CONSERVATION FUND, the Thula Thula non-profit organisation to
⦁ Increase the safety for our wildlife with specialised security equipment
⦁ Ongoing anti-poaching training of our team
THANK YOU FOR CARING AND HELPING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR CONSERVATION EFFORTS
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