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Thula Thula game reserve is 4500ha and is home to a diverse African wildlife population, including elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros, leopard, giraffe, zebra, nyala, hyenas, crocodile, kudu, wildebeest and a spectacular variety of other indigenous species, great and small.
Birdlife is prolific with over 350 identified species, including raptors...
The re-introduction of a family herd of seven elephant in August 1999 marks the historic return of these great creatures to the area for the first time in 100 years . The family has grown to 24 elephants beginning of 2013.
Thula Thula, the oldest private game reserve in Kwazulu Natal, and former hunting ground of legendary Zulu King Shaka, boosts a unique diversity of landscapes, from riverine bush, savanna and forest.
Experienced rangers will guide you on exciting safaris in open Landrovers through the unique diversity of this ancestral land to encounter big game and superb birdlife.
...An exclusive bush experience in absolute luxury...
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THULA THULA RHINO FUND
Thula Thula Rhinos, Thabo and Ntombi are both orphans who were relocated at Thula Thula from Moholoholo rehab centre when they were 4 and 8 months old in October 2009.
They have now been released into the game reserve under high surveillance.
Armed guards accompany Thabo and Ntombi 24/7 to protect them against poachers. With a gunfight having taken place a few months ago, as Thabo got shot in the front leg, as well as the loss of Heidi, female white rhino who was killed by poachers in August 2009, the need for increasing protective measures is a harsh reality.
In memory of Lawrence, and to assist with the protection and preservation of Thula Thula two special rhinos, Françoise established the THULA THULA RHINO FUND, as a chapter of Earth Organization, in order to raise funds for guards anti poaching training and much-needed specialized equipment, to ensure the on-going survival of our rhinos, as well as to acquire more orphans in the future.
IF YOU WISH TO DONATE TO THE THULA THULA RHINO FUND :
TEO non-profit registration number 2004/026715/08
Public Beneficiary Organisation (PBO) number 930033558
Contact email francoise: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for any information about the THULA THULA RHINO FUND
THABO WOUNDED BY POACHER IN MARCH 2012 and OUR LAST RHINO, HEIDI, KILLED BY POACHERS IN AUGUST 2009, HERE WITH VUSI, GAME RESERVE MANAGER, AND PROMISE, HEAD RANGER OF THULA THULA
ARMED GUARDS PROTECT THABO AND NTOMBI 24/7
BABY RHINO THABO, FOUR MONTHS OLD
Pieter Leroux, game ranger at Thula thula and Philo, his handler,,
look after him 24 hours a day, and feed him every 4 hours with a special milk preparation
Two months after Thula Thula White Rhino Heidi was tragically killed by poachers,
Thula Thula has welcomed a five month old White Rhino onto the reserve.
Relocated to Thula Thula on the 25th October 2009, the 170kg youngster arrived
after a fourteen hour long trip from Limpopo and was brought on the reserve by his adopted family.
He has since settled well into his new environment.
Thula Thula acquired the rhino from the Moholoholo Rehab Centre in Limpopo
after the one-day old calf was found alone, badly dehydrated, in a Free State game reserve.
It is not known whether his mom died in childbirth,
abandoned him (thinking he wouldn't survive) or was scared off by predators .
They care for him until
he is old enough to get released into the wild.
We do not believe in keeping captive animals,said Thula Thula owner Lawrence Anthony,
For us the only good cage is an empty cage, and this youngster
is destined for a happy life in the wild. .
Baby Rhino on his arrival at Moholoholo rehab centre in July 2009, one day old
Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Centre, a non profit organisation,
is dedicated to the rehabilitation of abandoned and injured wildlife,
and their re-introduction into their natural environments.
ARRIVAL OF NTOMBI, 8 MONTHS OLD
New baby rhino female, Ntombi, arrived on the 22nd of December 2009 from Moholoholo rehab centre in Limpopo
photos Bella Marques
THE THULA THULA TEAM HELP ALYSON, THE HANDLER OF THE BABY RHINO, TO UNLOAD NTOMBI FROM THE TRUCK
ON HER ARRIVAL AFTER A LONG TRIP FROM MOHOLOHOLO REHAB CENTRE IN LIMPOPO,
WHILE SHE GUIDES THE NEW BABY TO HER NEW HOME AT THULA THULA.
Ntombi was rescued in October 2009 by the Moholoholo rehab centre after her mother got killed by another rhino in front of her.
After her traumatising experience, and thanks to the care of all the Moholoholo team, Ntombi is now settled and happy.
A GREAT MOMENT...
Thabo welcomes Ntombi to the Thula Thula family
Thabo had never seen a rhino before, as he was only one day old when found in a game reserve in the Free State
NEW FRIENDS FOR THABO AND NTOMBI
Betty and Josephine, baby warthogs rescued by CROW, are now the new residents at Safari Lodge,
and best friends of Thabo and Ntombi..
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MEET GEORGE OUR BUSHBABY
George at the bar at Safari Lodge
George, our resident Bushbaby at Safari Lodge, is a few months old and was rescued
as an orphan by CROW, the Center of Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Durban,
We have built 2 little houses for George, one in a tree and one inside the lodge, next to the boma,
where he can get a well deserved rest after his long nights of wandering in the bush with other (wild) bushbabies.
Every evening, as he gets up, you can meet Geoge at the bar for his sundowner.
His dinner consists of banana with honey, served on a tray by our hostesses.
But George might take a fancy at your plate as he comes to join guests
to the dinner table...
PHOENIX THE SERVAL
Eight months old Phoenix the day of his arrival
What a special day it was for Thula Thula, to know we will be receiving
an 8 month old Serval from CROW on the 21 August 2009
We had built him an enclosure , with a wooden house inside, so he will be protected from the rain.
We called him Phoenix.
After a couple of days, Yvette, his handler, with Phoenix, feeding time.
On the 3 October 2009 after being with us for 6 weeks, we released him back into the wild.
He has been recently seen around the Elephant Safari lodge looking happy and healthy.
CROW is the Centre For Rehabilitation Of Wildlife, they care for the injured and orphaned
wild animals and birds in Kwazulu Natal.
There vision is to be an independent, pioneering force in the protection and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife,
while promoting the preservation of their natural habitat.
?THE ONLY GOOD CAGE, IS AN EMPTY CAGE"
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre in Limpopo, and the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)
are working closely with Thula Thula to release rehabilitated animals
back into the 4500 ha game reserve.