Solio was a real challenge when she first arrived in our care. The six-month-old calf was obviously traumatized over the loss of her mother, who had succumbed to a shattered shoulder. She was so feisty, in fact, that the Keepers had to stay well out of her way for their own safety, but they still persevered, scratching her with a bottle brush attached to a long stick and feeding her milk through a hose pipe.
Their perseverance paid off, and with time Solio embraced her DSWT family. Seven years later, she is now fully reintegrated back into the wilderness of Nairobi National Park (although she periodically stops by the Nursery for a visit!). Given that there are just 5,500 black rhinos left in the wild, any success makes a big difference for the species — and we’re proud to have played a part in Solio’s story.
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Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
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