Mother and calf rhino killed at black rhino sanctuary, Ol Pejeta

Today, the largest black rhino sancutary in East Africa, Ol Pejeta, reported that a black rhino calf and her mother have been killed.

At 7.00pm on Thursday 17th July, the Ol Pejeta rhino patrol team reported gunshots near Buffalo Plain.

Ol Pejeta announced in a statement: “As per protocol, the Security Department immediately dispatched a response team.

“Unfortunately, the poachers escaped and managed to injure one rhino.”

The targeted animal was an eight-year-old female black rhino named Malkia, who had birthed her first calf exactly a month prior to the attack.

During the attack, the calf was separated from her mother and ran into a pride of lions. She was killed.

Tragically, Malkia also died. She succumbed to her injuries a day after the attack.

Ol Pejeta added: “We remain devastated by this loss and you can rest assured that we will continue to review and improve every aspect of our security operations.

“Today, poaching has reached unprecedented highs. As the price of rhino horn has surpassed that of gold, poachers are willing to take greater risks.”

To help fight rhino poaching, get involved with the Save Rhinos Now campaign, or donate directly to Ol Pejeta here.