It is not only elephants who we care for here at Reteti. We also have giraffe, endangered grevy's zebra, and, of course, Loijipu, a sweet, typical, little black rhino. His name means "to follow" or "second in line," and he was named for where he was found. Here, he is pictured with his dedicated keeper, Kamara.
He came to us when he was only 2 days old. He was tiny - no bigger than a dinner plate. We could carry him around in our arms with ease. He had been abandoned by his mother, who had gone to browse and left him behind. While she was gone, some curious researchers had gotten too close to the newborn. When his mother returned, she could smell the humans on him and rejected him.
Although it pains us that he was not able to stay with his mother, he has thrived at Reteti and we have treasured him. He adores his three dedicated keepers and follows them everywhere. He has gotten big and strong in their care and it developing a nice big horn. He is preparing himself for the wild.
This year, we will be re-introduting Loijipu into the wild. He will return to the sanctuary where he was found and where his mother still lives. In fact, he will probably meet her there, a thought which brings us joy.
Photo by @amivitale.
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