We could look at cute pictures of baby rhino Matimba all day, but they’re also a reminder of the dangers these beautiful animals face from poachers.
Matimba could be the face of the endangered animals, as his story is just one of many orphans that arrive at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre after their mothers are killed for their horns.
The baby arrived at HESC when he was only five months old. He bonded with another rhino called Little G who is also an orphan.
The two rhinos eat their meals together, take morning walks, mud baths and have playtime with their toys. The website states “they do absolutely everything together!”
The global rhino-poaching crisis reached an all-time high in 2014 with 1215 rhinos poached in South Africa alone. HESC expanded their facility to accommodate the large number of baby rhinos left behind, launching a new security initiative called “Eyes On Rhinos”.