Northern White Rhinos Come Home
BIG STEPS FOR THE NORTHERN WHITE RHINOS
The week commencing Feb 1st 2010, saw the rhinos make their first big steps into a large taste if Africa. Having been in the bomas with a paddock area until now, they all enjoyed their moment in the larger 400 x 400m fenced enclosure. Nijan and Fatu were the first to be released, responding better than expected to the new area to discover. We would have all loved to seen these animals out a lot quicker but it has been necessary that all four have had sufficient time to adapt and respect the electric fence.
All of us observing Fatu and Najin today, realised, with great delight, that we are dealing with two complete different animals to those that stepped out their boxes a mere month and a half ago.
The single biggest change has been in the behaviour of Najin’s daughter, Fatu. Previously nervous and anxious not to be separated far from her mother, her behaviour in the larger enclosure has assured us that we are on the road to success. Now happily grazing and exploring a good distance away from her mother. Sudan, Fatu and Nijan all went straight for the grazing areas and then quickly took a long mud bath.
Suni, being the most timid and nervous of the four is taking a more gradual approach but after 5 days of access saw his cursiosity get the better of him and venture into the bush where he releasied he was protected and spent longer.
All animals were keen to explore what will become home for the next month and a half, before they are put into the even larger and final breeding areas.