THULA THULA WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE

The TEAM
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KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE

Celebrating the opening of the Fundimvelo Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation centre on the 26th of May 2017.

The Fundimvelo Thula Thula Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is an exciting joint venture, created in partnership with Thula Thula Game Reserve,  Fundimvelo Community Conservation Trust and international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS, for the purpose of rescue, care and protection of wildlife, conservation education and community involvement.

Previously called the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage, dramatic events which took place on the 21st of February this year caused the project to enter under its former management. The facility has now reopened under the auspices of the Thula Thula game reserve management and administration to take in all injured and orphaned wildlife to treat & care for them and rehabilitate them back into the wild.

Main house at rehab centre

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.

Rehab
Rehabilitation
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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.

RHINO CONSERVATION

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.

Rhino tagging
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tracking

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

For more information: francoise@thulathula.com

CONSERVATION FUND FOR THE CARE, PROTECTION & SURVIVAL OF OUR ENDANGERED WILDLIFE

Thula Thula, dedicated to the conservation, protection and survival of endangered species. – Francoise Anthony

ELEPHANTS

The original herd of 7 elephants in September 1999, when they arrived at Thula Thula. Classified as “rogue” and “troublemakers”, our original herd of 7 elephants, made famous in the best-seller “The Elephant Whisperer” by Lawrence Anthony, has now increased to the maximum sustainable capacity.

Contraception program for our male elephants

Having now reached its maximum capacity in terms of habitat for our herd, the reserve implemented a reversible male elephant contraception programme to allow controlled breeding. This operation started in Sept 2012, is being renewed every 6 months and unfortunately is not having the desired effect.

An alternative to relocation

Although contraception does not adversely affect the elephants and does not produce any behavioral side effects, questions do remain as to how continued contraception might influence such a highly sociable species.

Solution

Thanks to the local community, Thula Thula now has the opportunity to add a further 3500 ha of land to increase their habitat. This solution requires 35 km of electric fencing as well as roads, increased security, guard training, security equipment and vehicles, conservation, land management and the list just goes on, to keep our wildlife safe. Community projects such as this, not only support the wildlife but also improve local employment and education.

HELP RAISE $350,000

We have the land, but to fence this, we need to raise us$ 350 000 should you wish to support the Thula Thula expansion project:

  • Sponsor 1 acre of the extended Thula Thula land $50
  • Buy 1 metre of fencing $100
  • Adopt a Thula Thula elephant $50 per month
Pledge your Support
thabo and themba conservation

If animals could speak, mankind would weep! Our stay was amazing, couldn’t have imagined a better stay. Just wish we could stay longer. Emmanuel and Expidicao Schumann

RHINOS

The Thula Thula Rhino Fund, is part of the SOUTH AFRICAN CONSERVATION FUND, a registered Non-Profit Organisation, founded by Françoise Malby-Anthony, Managing Director of Thula Thula Private Game Reserve and widow of well-known conservationist, explorer and international bestselling author Lawrence Anthony.

In March 2012, Thabo, who was three years old at the time, was shot and wounded by ruthless poachers who entered into the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve to poach our rhino for their horn.

This resulted in the establishment of the Thula Thula Rhino Fund, which raises funds for the protection and preservation of the rhino population within the Thula Thula Private Game Reserve. Funding goes towards supplying much-needed equipment for counter poaching activities, for crucial conservation initiatives and to ensure the on going protection and survival of our rhinos but also all our endangered species.

DONATIONS & ENQUIRIES

Or contact Francoise Malby Anthony francoise@thulathula.comFor more information, www.thulathularhinofund.org

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