Two of our Kirkley Hall campus Animal Management students have just returned from an exciting trip to South Africa where they went to help save rhinos in their natural habitat.
Lucinda Green and Kayleigh Foster, who are both also Keepers here at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, spent just over a month at the Hluhluwe Game reserve, working alongside an organisation called Saving Private Rhino to support the conservation of both black and white rhinos.
The two students first visited South Africa in May 2012 on an educational trip organised by the college, where they fell in love with the wildlife there.
So when this opportunity came up they worked hard to raise funds for their flights and to buy equipment such as radios to support the rangers in their fight against poachers on the reserve.
On the trip Lucinda and Kayleigh went out on bush walks with the rangers monitoring the 14 rhinos on the range, their behaviour and grazing patterns, making identification kits on each one and ensuring they were all well.
What they didn’t plan for is one grumpy Rhino named Prudence who chased them on several occasions but thankfully did not catch them and they returned to tell us all about their trip!