Meet Ringo the Rhino
Abandoned Baby Rhino Has Starr Connections
Beatlemania has spread to Kenya, as an unlikely baby is named after one of the most successful drummers in UK music history. Ol Pejeta and The Nobelity Project have named an abandoned rhino calf in honor of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who has been speaking out against rhino poaching. It is hoped this will raise awareness to the plight of the rhinos in Africa.
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been speaking out against rhino poaching
On the 24th of October 2015, wildlife rangers in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy came across the limp body of a tiny white rhino calf. As they got closer, they found that the baby was alive, but unable to stand. His sickness had caused his mother to abandon him, a common occurrence with many wild mammal mothers. The rangers called in the veterinary team, who found the little rhino to be severely dehydrated, with an abnormal body temperature.
He was taken into captivity for emergency care and further inspection. He was found to have ‘persistent urachus’ - the failure of the rhino equivalent of a belly button to close up after birth, which leads to complications. However, with close monitoring, regular feeding and hydration, his condition healed over time. He is now being hand-reared on Ol Pejeta by two full time carers – which doesn’t come cheap.
It costs $600 per month just to feed a rapidly growing white rhino calf. Then there is the cost of salaries for his keepers, and any veterinary care he needs. Luckily, this rhino just got a little help from his friends. The Nobelity Project is sponsoring the baby’s first year of care, and have named the baby Ringo in honor of The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Starr is passionate about rhino conservation, and has in the past spoken out about their plight.
Nobelity Project founder Turk Pipkin with Ringo the rhino
Black and white rhinos are endangered across Africa, as demand for their horn in Asia fuels ruthless criminal poaching networks. Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and is also home to the last three northern white rhinos on the planet. Their anti-poaching operations include a K-9 unit, with dogs that are trained in ivory and rhino horn detection. When Ringo is around 4 years old, it is hoped he can be released into the wild once again.
Nobelity Project founder Turk Pipkin was filming Ol Pejeta’s work to combat poaching and to save the northern white rhinos when he met the rescued baby rhino. “This beautiful little boy reminded me of Ringo Starr who has been a great advocate for saving the rhinos. We wanted to thank Ringo and hope baby Ringo will help raise awareness and support for the battle against poaching, and for the great work by Ol Pejeta Conservancy.”
To help fund the care of baby Ringo, go to: http://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/ringo
The Ol Pejeta Conservancy works to conserve wildlife, provide a sanctuary for great apes and to generate income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for re-investment in conservation and communities. It is widely renowned for its innovative, forward-thinking rhino conservation strategies. For more information, visit www.olpejetaconservancy.org
The Nobelity Project is a U.S. based education nonprofit dedicated to Education for All. To learn more about their partnership with 30 Kenya public schools and their films on critical conservation issues, go to: www.nobelity.org