Munu, The Endangered Blind Rhino Will Totally Steal Your Heart!
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Munu, the endangered Blind Rhino, is getting his second chance at life… and listening to his favourite radio station.

 

Gqeberha, South Africa (11 December 2021) – In 2019 Munu, a male Black Rhino, was found wandering erratically in the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa’s Eastern Province. Lions, always quick to spot weakness in any animal, were already circling the seemingly defenceless rhino. Soon, it seemed, his life would be over.

The park’s veterinary team was called in, and Munu was darted so they could examine him and find out why he was behaving so strangely. It didn’t take them long—Munu was utterly blind. He was immediately moved to the safety of a boma in the park while his future was debated.

Things didn’t look hopeful for Munu. It was suggested that he should be euthanized as the cost of protecting him would be unrealistically high. To put him down seemed like the most pragmatic thing to do. The alternative, and the route generally preferred in conservation, would be to let nature take its course. In Munu’s case, this would mean releasing him back into the park, where he would almost certainly fall prey to the lions.

Fortunately for Munu, conservationist Brett Barlow saw things differently. Catching wind of the blind rhino’s plight, Brett decided he had to intervene. All Black Rhinos are regarded as Critically Endangered on the IUCN’s Red Data list. But Munu is particularly rare, as he is a South-western Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis), of which fewer than 254 are left in the wild in South Africa.

Brett remembered the words of his early mentor, Dr Ian Player: “Every rhino matters.”

The continued onslaught of poaching on rhino means we must protect every last one. So, after months of negotiation, Brett – with the kind assistance of conservationist and friend Adrian Gardiner – was able to move Munu to a place of permanent sanctuary.

He now lives in a secure location where he is free and safe to live out his days in peace and without threat. Although Munu is blind, he is healthy in all other respects. So, by saving him, he will also contribute to the gene pool of this scarce rhino.

Watch the video below:

The Shannon Elizabeth Foundation believed that Munu represents a mantra that we all should adopt: To save a species, we must save individuals—SAVE ONE, SAVE ALL. All rhinos are precious, and threats to their survival from poaching or any other source are simply unacceptable.

“We have to do all we can to save every single one. And so, Munu offers us a symbol of hope, a representation of what can be achieved through compassion and perseverance—the very bastions of Dr Player’s work.”

You can find out more, or donate to the foundation by clicking here.


Sources: Shannon Elizabeth Foundation | EuroNews 
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