BE PART OF OUR RHINO FAMILY
We can only continue to monitor and protect Botswana’s rhinos with your support. For just £66 per year, you can help our vital work by adopting one of them.
Unlike most other animal adoptions, which are symbolic adoptions of an endangered species, with RCB you can adopt a named rhino who is well known and loved by the team.
You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your rhino is enjoying life in the wild in a beautiful place, roaming wherever they wish to roam and hopefully contributing to the future of their kind by breeding.
As one of our foster parents, you will receive an adoption certificate featuring a stunning photograph of your adopted rhino, courtesy of Neil Aldridge, as well as regular updates from the field. And of course if you ever visit the Okavango Delta, you may even see ‘your’ rhino on a game drive.
To us, you’re part of the team and we will keep in personal contact with you as an important member of our project.
At the moment, we have two very special black rhinos to choose from.
Hannelore and Duma are now fully adopted. Keep an eye on our website or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to meet our next two adoption rhinos.
Funny and fiesty Hannelore is a young black rhino who was brought to the Okavango Delta along with her mother from Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe.
Hannelore’s mother has recently had another calf. She no longer wants Hannelore around so much, so our sassy young lady has taken up with Duma, a young male black rhino.
Duma and Hannelore first caught a whiff of each other in the reintroduction bomas. A few months later, they found each other in the bush. Since then, their relationship has blossomed. Together they are less vulnerable to predators and Hannelore – who was very protected by her mother and is quite highly strung – benefits from Duma’s calming presence.
Currently aged about three, both rhinos are too young to breed. But when Hannelore reaches about six years of age, she will be ready to mate, while Duma will still have a few years to go.
With plentiful grass, water, shade and mud wallows, there’s no reason why Hannelore shouldn’t successfully produce eight calves over her lifetime and make a huge contribution to the survival of her kind.
Duma (meaning ‘lions roar’) came from a game reserve in Limpopo Province, South Africa. This area was being hit by poachers and rhinos living there were being attacked every week. Duma and his mother Moratiwa (meaning ‘beloved’) needed rescuing as quickly as possible.
Duma is a handsome and relaxed black rhino. He was very friendly in the rehabilitation bomas and would even take food from the boma manager’s hand. He was so relaxed (for a black rhino), we were worried he might be ill!
But we needn’t have worried. Today, Duma is fat and active and perfectly well. He’s just a calm and relaxed character who doesn’t get excited for no reason. That’s why he’s such a good influence on his highly-strung companion, Hannelore.
Duma and Hannelore make a lovely couple but there’s heartbreak ahead for young Duma. Aged about three, both rhinos are currently too young to breed. But while Hannelore will be ready to mate when she reaches about six years of age, Duma will have to wait until he is 10 years old before he can mate. So when Hannelore comes into estrous, Duma will have to make way for a larger and more mature bull, and leave her to embark on a new adventure without him.