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WYNTIR

Rescue…
Wyntir was only 2 months old and weighed 107kg when she arrived at CARE for WILD AFRICA on the 20th of June 2014. She was found near Kingfisher Spruit, north of Talamati Bush Camp after her mother had been slaughtered by poachers several days earlier in the Kruger National Park. She had been lost in the bush without the protection of her mother, which led to her being attacked by a cackle of hyenas. The hyenas completely chewed off both of Wyntir’s ears during the attack, leaving her weak and vulnerable.

Recovery…
When Wyntir arrived at CARE for WILD AFRICA, she was immediately attended to by her own personal veterinarian, Dr Ferreira du Plessis. He attended to the gaping, bleeding holes where her ears were supposed to be. There was an increased danger of infection in her ear canal and possible loss of hearing due to the infection being caused by insect larvae in her wounds. Dr du Plessis and the staff at CARE for WILD AFRICA cleaned and treated her wounds daily. She also had a dear friend looking after her during her recovery; Emma, a 6-month-old hippo that was also rescued and brought to CARE for WILD AFRICA. A volunteer was tasked at sleeping in Wyntir’s night pen with her to provide her with love and comfort through the long dark nights. Within a few weeks, Wyntir’s battle wounds were healed and her emotional spirit was healing too. She had also learned to voluntarily close her ear canals to prevent insects and other irritations from entering. A true fighter!

Rehabilitation…
After Wyntir had recovered from her wounds, she was introduced to another young orphaned rhino by the name of Tana. Tana was only 3 months older than Wyntir and they bonded instantly. A few months later, another orphaned rhino joined the two; his name was Mabush. Since then, the trio have been inseparable. They provide each other with the emotional support they need and their bond is very strong. Although Wyntir’s hearing is very poor, she can hear well enough to survive on her own. Tana and Mabush have, in a way, become her ears. Wyntir has learned to read Tana and Mabush’s body language to understand if there is something approaching that she cannot hear herself. In this way, the group protects each other. Another importance of the close relationships these rhinos have formed is that when they reach sexual maturity, they will be able to successfully breed with minimized stress.
 
Wyntir and her friends now enjoy grazing freely in the field during the day, only returning to the safely of their boma in the late afternoon. Wyntir also enjoys taking mud baths with her friends. Her ability to close her ear canal is very useful in this regard because it stops the mud from entering and blocking her ear canal. The orphans are provided with supplemental feeding and electrolyte-laced water to maintain their healthy condition. Wyntir and her friends are also provided with a cosy night pen filled with comfortable bedding to sleep in. Security guards watch over them like guardian angels all day and all night.
 
Despite Wyntir having a rough start, she has since grown into a strong and powerful leader among the orphaned rhinos.

TOGETHER THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS HAVE ADOPTED WYNTIR ...

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EDEN COLLEGE

South Africa / KwaZulu Natal

Eden is a small family orientated private school from Grade 000 to matric. We are situated in Glenmore Durban. We are an Eco school. We have been awarded our Platinum International status by Wessa for Three years running. We are passionate about Wildlife conservation and have started Acting for Rhinos which is a fundraising organization who primarily raises funds through school and professional theatre productions for project Rhino KZN. This year we are also going to be supporting the OLLI 2017 expedition and are going to do an Eden school fundraiser to support a Rhino Calf.

The Olli Team is very excited to have Eden College onboard and they will be hosting our arrival in KwaZulu Natal with regard to our School Challenge just after the finish of our Frontier Ride on the 6th August 2017 at their Conservation Fest!  We can't wait!
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WOODRIDGE COLLEGE

South Africa / Eastern Cape

WOODRIDGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL participates in an international program called Eco-Schools.  We have been affiliated with WESSA since 2004.  Woodridge Preparatory has achieved their Platinum Status for 4 years running up until 2015.  Our passion lies not only within the classroom; it also extends itself to the great outdoors.  We at Woodridge take huge pride in experiential learning, and synchronizing ourselves with nature.  We show children how to appreciate nature, the community, and how to give back selflessly.
 
Our Eco-Committee are very proud to have been involved with the following activities this year.
 
WASTE TRADE COMPANY – Woodridge is putting structures into place for efficient workstations for recycling. Woodridge College and Preparatory is now generating a small income, by recycling White paper. Alien Hack’s in the nature reserve. Our team get together and eradicate black wattle and Blue gum trees from our very own nature reserve.Woodridge Preparatory School acknowledges special days like Earth Day, World Environment Day, Endangered Species Day, World Water Week etc. We do a variety of educational activities relating to each topic.Woodridge shares a very close relationship with The Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve, and regularly go on environmental excursions.We are also very privileged to be involved with Born Free at Shamwari. Our Eco Committee always enjoy this educational highlight.Annually, we support a Casual Day in aid of “PAWS” (Protect Africa’s Wildlife).  Funds raised go to supplying much needed equipment for the Kariega anti-poaching team.Our very own teachers Mr Billy Teeton, and Mr Cliff Reed, recently participated in the Duzi River Champions in order to raise funds for OSCAP. 


More recently we look forward to hosting Mr Wayne Bolton who will be running a project with Woodridge in order to Raise Awareness and funds for OLLI.

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EXTINCTION IS NOT AN OPTION

Emma Cook (Grade 7, Woodridge)

We’ve got to do something now,
To stop rhino poaching…but how?
How do we stop these cruel, cruel men?
Should we keep our rhino in a small, safe den?
Rhino poaching, some people fail to comprehend.
But how do we bring this terrible thing to an end?
 
How do we get this out of their mind?
Or else there will soon be no rhino to find.
These beautiful creatures, what have we done?
We’ve killed and poached every single last one!
Only once the very last rhino is rhino is killed,
Only then will the poachers be happy and thrilled?
 
The rhino are running and snorting in fear,
As these poachers stand by their dead family and cheer!
Why would they do this, these horrible men?
People and guns, they work together like paper and pen.
 
Rhino are Africa’s unicorn, and once they’re all gone,
Another extinction is born!
These callous poachers, please stop now!
You’ve shot the last rhino, now take your final bow!                                                      

RHINO ALPHABET

Olivia Howorth (Grade 7, Woodridge)

A rhino’s quietly grazing grass,
But what he doesn’t know,
Creeping quickly in the bush,
Death awaited the rhino.
Even though this creature is large,
Fat as a stuffed pillow,
Grumpy looking, won’t charge,
He stood under the old willow.
In the shadows death stood,
Jumping from his hiding spot,
Killer in his hand,
Let go the trigger and…BANG!
Maybe if man wasn’t so cruel,
Never would the rhino die out,
Open fields filled with blood,
Poachers cut off the snout.
Quitting on life,
Rhinos died out,
Standing there with a knife,
The poacher laughed in triumph,
Uzi grinned in glory.
Vile as a villain,
Wicked as a witch,
Xenophobia filled the ranger,
Yelling for help,
Zig-zagging around the last dead rhino…

DYING, DEATH, DEAD

My horn is just hair and nail,
I’m becoming extinct, but you don’t care!
Hacked off my horn with a knife,
Death then takes my precious life!
Dying, death, dead…
My life hanging by a thread.
 
Took it while I was alive,
Didn’t care if I’d survive.
I saw the light coming to me,
It was time to join my family,
In a new world of love and peace.
 
But that’s not life, not for me,
Killing with a knife, all for money.
That’s my life, that’s what they do,
Dying, death, dead …
Sick with the poachers’ flu.
 
I see it in your eyes,
The feeling when a rhino dies,
Suffering, blood and pain,
You don’t want a dead rhino ever again!
 
Alone as much as gone,
I could be the last,
Are rhinos a thing of the past?
There could still be one,
But the war is over, it is done.
Poachers will claim the victory…
The rhino are becoming history!

HOW COULD YOU?

Anna Pistorius (Grade 7, Woodridge)

My name is Aliza, I am the last rhino in Africa.
It is nearly night and I’m hiding in fright.
I’m hiding from the stupid, scummy poachers,
Those killers that lurk in the mid of night.
When those killers are around,
I’ll have to stay out of sight.
 
I’ll have to save my energy,
Although I’m burning like a fire, filling with fury!
How could they take my family away from me?
Why couldn’t they just let us roam peacefully?
 
The clouds started to cry,
And then I heard it … a rustle nearby!
I lifted my head, saw them and quickly fled.
I was a cheetah as I ran away,
And then I froze like hardened clay!
 
All around me were poachers,
My eyes started filling up with tears,
This was the end, a straight line with no bend,
I was going to die!
And nothing can save me I said to myself,
As I let out a sad sigh.
 
Memories flashed through my mind,
When I was little I had no clue my days would be timed.
I remembered all the good times I had with my mum and my dad,
When they died, I was ever so sad and so mad.
I opened my eyes,
3…2…1… they shot as I said my goodbyes.
I was dead before I knew,
But I have one more thing to say … HOW COULD YOU?

Going green doesn’t start with doing green acts — it starts with a shift in consciousness.

This shift allows you to recognize that with every choice you make, you are voting either

for or against the kind of world you wish to see. When you assume this as a way of being,

your choices become easier. Using a reusable water bottle, recycling and

making conscious daily consumer choices are just a few…” ― Ian Somerhalder

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