PICS | Valentine's Day baby rhino surprise for Aquila

2020-02-14 12:04
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The anti-poaching unit at Aquila Private Game Reserve started their Valentine’s Day with the most beautiful bundle-of-love sighting on Valentine's Day.

A new rhino calf was sighted with its mother on the reserve this morning, 14 February 2020. 

"This Valentine’s Day birth is once again a proud moment for the conservation teams at this world renowned Cape Town Big 5 private game reserve – as they continue to conserve, protect and preserve these species for future generations," says Johan van Schalkwyk for Aquila. 

The reserve was instrumental in bringing the first rhino to the Western Cape in 250 years and in February 2005, it announced the birth of the first rhino.

READ: The amount of rhinos poached in SA during 2019

A Valentine's Day rhino surprise for Aquila with b

A Valentine's Day rhino surprise for Aquila with b

A Valentine's Day rhino surprise for Aquila with b

(Photos: Aquila Private Game Reserve)

Now, some 15 years later, the reserve conservation teams are absolutely delighted to once again be able to confirm the birth of another baby rhino on the 10 000 hectare Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa – situated just under two hours from Cape Town.

The reserve has had its fair share of challenges in ensuring the legacy of this species in the Cape, after two if its three rhinos were poached in 2011, leaving the reserve without a male rhino bull. 

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However, In May 2014, Aquila acquired a new male rhino bull to continue its breeding programme at the reserve, so in addition to the four rhino calves born between 2015 and 2016, it is proving to be a really fruitful love match. 

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