Munu is Home
Munu the blind rhino starts a better life at Founder’s Lodge by Mantis
Munu is a southwestern black rhino – a severely endangered subspecies; there are only 250 left in the world. Munu became blind during a territorial battle in a South African National Park, and in a first-of-its-kind agreement; SANParks allowed for private intervention in the care of an endangered species. Since the incident, SANParks has kept Munu in an enclosure; and The White Lion Foundation helped establish an exact replica of this enclosure at Founder’s Lodge by Mantis.
Munu was moved to his new home at Founder’s Lodge on Monday, 5th August 2019. Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of Mantis and board member of The White Lion Foundation and Brett Barlow (Munu’s legal guardian) welcomed the rest f the TWLF’s Executive Board Members, Shirley Galligan and Wildlife Vet Dr John Knight along with SANParks, for the long-awaited and carefully planned move from his temporary boma to his new spacious home for life. Watch Munu’s arrival at Founder’s Lodge.
“Founders Lodge by Mantis thanks The White Lion Foundation for financing the enclosure for Munu the Rhino. We are very proud to adopt Munu, and thank SANParks for the support they have provided during the move and transportation. Munu will have around the clock security and care at Founder’s Lodge. We hope to introduce a mate soon so that we can see offspring of this endangered species.” – Adrian Gardiner, Executive Chairman – Mantis Collection
All the care taken to create an exact replica of the boma he lived in for the past 8 months has paid off. He arrived at Founder’s and went straight to the water – completely at ease ‘knowing’ where everything was. Munu’s private security and care team let him out to explore the natural bush around his enclosure. This was Munu’s first natural forage in 8 months and once he realised the bushes were alive – he ate for 13 hours straight.
Like a special needs child – this blind rhino is being protected in an adapted environment where can live a life that is as wild as possible. Munu’s contribution to the preservation of his species, research, and conservation education will be an important part of the Founder’s Eco-Innovation Hub that will be developed in 2020. The quality of life Munu has now will ensure that he will live for many more years.
At 20 years old, Munu is a relatively young bull rhino so it is hoped that once he has settled in a female rhino can be successfully introduced to him and that he will sire some youngsters – which can then be used to repopulate the wild black rhino species, which is highly endangered due to ongoing poaching and hunting. This makes him a very important rhino.
Rhino expert and TWLF Director Brett Barlow, describes Munu’s friendly character: “Munu communicates with his carers by a series of high-pitched squeaks. His favourite food is called Noorsdoring, (Euphorbia Coerulescens) a thorny succulent which is poisonous to most animals. This is the black rhino equivalent of chocolate.” Learn more about Munu on this dedicated website.
The White Lion Foundation, Directed by Brett Barlow’ has been instrumental in putting in place successful intervention in specific cases where endangered species are under threat. The Foundation urgently needs to raise the necessary funding to provide Munu and eventually his family with a lifetime of specialised care, which could cost in the region of £50,000.
TWLF’s Shirley Galligan said: “This story is a wonderful collaboration between like-minded professionals who have a passion and commitment to the conservation of rhino. We want to thank everyone for their ongoing support for this humane and ground-breaking project.”
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