It's unknown what happened to Maxwell's mother, but current rates of rhino horn poaching mean, sadly, many other rhinos are growing up without their mother by their side. Last year in South Africa alone, 1,215 rhinos were killed and last week, the DSWT / KWS Vets treated a young orphaned rhino called Bahati, whose mother was shot by poachers. Surviving without her for a year, he died of wounds caused by a snare.
With just 5,000 black rhinos left, and as demand for rhino horn threatens to drive the species to extinction, it is imperative to protect the vulnerable species, giving them a chance for survival.
On World Rhino Day, you can support the work of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and help us protect the species by fostering Maxwell or Solio. Your donations means we can continue Maxwell's care and protection, whilst receiving monthly updates on their lives - wild and at our Nursery.