Rooting for our rhino

Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg celebrates World Rhino Day through its sponsorship of a rhino sculpture that forms part of The Rhinos Are Coming!!! (TRAC) initiative that raises funds to help fight  poaching and the devastating assault on the rhino population

Claire Homewood painted this Welgevonden rhino. Pictures: Janie van der Spuy/Fivestar PR

More than 5000 known rhino have been poached in South Africa in the last eight years and it is estimated that there are only some 18,900 white and 2,040 black rhinos left on earth. Rhinos are still at risk of becoming extinct

The spectacular Welgevonden rhino was painted by Cape Town-based artist Claire Homewood aka Care One Love with an aloe and a sunbird. The Welgevonden rhino stands at a high traffic area of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town where it draws public attention not only as a beautiful work of art, but also as a reminder of the plight of the rhino.

Welgevonden Rhino at the V&A Waterfront

Stretching across 35 000 hectares, the privately-owned Welgevonden Game Reserve runs an effective anti-poaching Rhino Husbandry Programme. The varied terrain and a diverse natural habitat provides sanctuary for 350 bird species and 129 mammals, including the Big Five. Guests can view its large white rhino population in the wild, and participate in guided, educational walks to learn more about these prehistoric looking animals.

World Rhino Day unites NGOs, businesses, and concerned individuals from nearly every corner of the world.