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Valentine’s Day surprise as Aquila welcomes birth of rhino calf

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The Independent Online | 17 February 2020

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There’s a new rhino calf at Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa. The game reserve released images of the beautiful baby and its mother on Friday.

In a statement, the game reserve revealed that the anti-poaching unit started their Valentine’s Day with the sighting of the baby and its mother. If you visiting this weekend you might catch a glimpse of the duo.

Original photo as published by The Independent Online: Picture: Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa

Aquila is brought the first rhino to the Western Cape in 250 years. On February 2005, the reserve announced the birth of the first rhino in the Western Cape in 250 years.

15 years later, the reserve conservation teams confirmed the birth of another baby rhino on the 10,000 hectare game reserve. Located two hours from Cape Town, Aquila also has heartbreaking stories to share.

“During a 2011 poaching incident, three of Aquila’s rhinos were attacked. The teams were able to save one of the three rhinos and one was already dead when discovered. The other rhino survived for 5 days before succumbing to its injuries. The reserve was left with no male rhino bulls to continue its breeding programme,” it revealed in a statement.

But the sadness did not last very long.

In May 2014, Aquila acquired a new male rhino bull to continue its breeding programme at the reserve. The new rhino bull was purchased from the Limpopo area after his owners discovered signs of the rhino being tracked. At the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, Aquila saw the birth of 4 rhino calves at the reserve.

Young rhino conservationist honored by royals (South Africa)

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Capetown Etc. | September 30, 2019

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Twelve-year-old rhino conservationist Hunter Mitchell has been awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Point of Light Award for outstanding individual volunteers from Her Majesty the Queen.

Mitchell received the award from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and wife Meghan, at a reception held at the British High Commission in Cape Town this week. The young conservationist won the award for his contributions to saving rhinos, which he has been doing since he was eight years old.

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“Cape Town has so much to celebrate, but I think what the two of us have been really, really impressed by, are those young people, and the young people that are here this evening,” said Prince Harry at the reception.

After receiving the award, Mitchell presented the Duke and Duchess with a gift: a rhino plushy for Archie.

Despite his age, Mitchell has done much work in the field of rhino conservation. In 2015, he began raising funds for an abandoned baby rhino at Aquila Private Game Reserve, and managed to collect R75 000. He has since been named an ambassador for the reserve.

The reserve took to social media to congratulate the young conservationist.