Our Lucky Five had been cared for and gone through the rehabilitation process for over 2 years now. It would soon be time to think about releasing the older ones into the wild, hoping that they might one day breed and bring more rhinos to the area.
Very soon into the last stage of rehabilitation, it became clear that this ‘crash’ might be better off staying together. Rhinos are very sociable animals and once they form a bond they become very close as a ‘family’. The younger calves saw the others as their family and the decision was made to release all 5 orphans at the same time.
Once the decision was made, the last stage of rehabilitation could then begin in earnest. The rhinos had never had much contact with humans apart from those few who were caring for them, this way they didn’t become ‘humanised’. Rhino Revolution’s is a Closed Facility, so do not allow any of the public access to the rhino calves. It would be safer for the calves if they were more frightened of humans so that the poachers had less chance of getting close to them once they were back living in the wild.
As time went on, even the carers had less and less contact with the ‘crash’ so that they became more and more de-humanised and have the best chance of becoming wild rhinos again.