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In October 2016, Goway Travel adopted the orphaned baby rhino Balu, who was just shy of being one year old at the time. Goway’s Africa Experts continue to keep in contact with the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre where he lives for updates on his growth and progress and have received the latest report on how he is doing, which we wanted to share with all of our valuable supporters.
“With the arrival of baby elephant Shawu late in November last year we decided to move Olivia, Khulula and Nhlanhla to Stompie and Balu’s boma. Initially the two sets of rhinos were kept in separate enclosures so we could monitor how they would get along in close proximity. This also allowed them to get used to each other. In the beginning, we would open up for each group to explore their surroundings at different times. Eventually we let both groups out at the same time, as none had displayed any aggression through the barriers.
In mid-December Balu’s milk intake was reduced from 10 to 9.5 litres per day, but he’s still receiving two bottles daily. Stompie is doing very well overall. He’s now used to not being bottle fed anymore and doesn’t bother his brother Balu as much. The vulture restaurant has become Stompie and Balu’s favourite spot. The two have been enjoying hanging out and sun bathing near the restaurant. As Stompie and Balu continue to grow they are becoming a bit more independent and have been slightly pushing their curfew for returning back to their boma in the evenings.”
Compiled by Linri Janse van Rensburg, Assistant Curator @HESC
Goway Travel continues to donate $20 per booking made at any of our partner game lodges, in South Africa to rhino conservation. Adam Hodge, Goways’s Marketing Manager, Kirsty Perring, Africa and Middle East General Manager, and Ayesha Colquhoun, Groups Team Leader were proud to handover a check for R80 000 (approx. US$8000) to the HESC at the Indaba 2017 travel show held recently in Durban, South Africa.
Rescued Rhinos @ HESC (Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre) received a donation of R80 000.00 from Goway Travel, in support of this worthy cause at Indaba 2017.
The HESC is located in the Kapama Private Game Reserve. Clients staying at one of the lodges in the Reserve are able to visit this unique wildlife facility to witness first-hand the phenomenal work they are doing to conserve and sustain so many vulnerable species. Goway Travel offers a variety of packages and itineraries that include a stay at Kapama. These can include a visit to the HESC on behalf of your clients, where they too can adopt or foster one of these special animals.
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