Black Rhinos

Black rhinos are the smaller of the two African rhino species.  The most notable difference between white and black rhinos are their hooked upper lip. Black rhinos are browsers rather than grazers, and their pointed lip helps them feed on leaves from bushes and trees. They have two horns, and occasionally a third, small posterior horn.

The population of Black Rhinos have declined dramatically; Between 1960 and 1995, black rhino numbers dropped by a staggering 98%, to less than 2,500!  The Black Rhino has been lucky enough to comeback from the brink of extinction.  Roughly now there are between 5,042 and 5,455 Black Rhinos across Africa.

One of the female black rhinos, Kamuchacha at Imire Elephant and Rhino Sanctuary has recently given birth to her second calf!!

The newest addition has been named “Khanya” meaning ‘Light’ in Ndebele.

Khanya is super-active, running around head-butting everyone and everything he comes into contact with (including mum)! Although Khanya is getting bolder every day, when he wanders off and realises that mom hasn’t followed, he has a massive panic attack and heads on back for a nuzzle.

Thank you also to our incredible volunteers  – every rhino birth is testament to your dedication and passion. With fewer than 600 black rhino remaining in Zimbabwe, every new birth is truly a victory for the conservation efforts in this country.

If you would like to be a volunteer at Imire, please check out the link below:

Rhino and Elephant Sanctuary at Imire

Volunteers can join on any Monday throughout the year and we offer inclusive transfers from Harare Airport on arrival and departure.

2019 last minute booking special – Up to £200 off the project fee. Visit Rhino and Elephant Sanctuary at Rhino and Elephant Sanctuary at Imire don’t miss out on the chance to see Baby Khanya!
Contact gemma@amanzitravel.co.uk to book your place now!

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A truly life changing experience, working on wildlife and community volunteering projects in Africa over 15 years ago, convinced Gemma Whitehouse to give up her job as a Marketing Manager for an international organisation and use her skills and expertise to set up a company that would offer others the same amazing opportunities with a service second to none - thus Amanzi Travel was born.