HORNi Coffee Supporting Conservation Efforts
HORNi Coffee Supporting Conservation Efforts
At HORNi coffee our goal is to provide you with great tasting sustainably produced coffee whilst supporting essential rhino conservation. Today's blog is to let you know where your money goes, so that every time you enjoy a cup of HORNi coffee, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that Africa’s iconic but critically endangered species is protected and supported.
100% of our profits go towards the protection of more than 6,000 rhino, and the habitat they need to survive. We support more than 250 Rangers, including their wildlife management and anti-poaching operations. We’re also able to protect more than 25,000 square kilometres of key wildlife habitat, home to the largest populations of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. And we’re proud to play our part in bringing critically endangered wildlife back from the brink of extinction. That’s a lot of support from your coffee habit.
Here we show you three key rhino support areas that your daily cup of coffee is contributing towards.
Supporting a Rhino Orphan
In an ideal world, we would not need to have rhino orphanages. However, with the constant threat of poaching these places of safe haven are extremely necessary. The Zululand Rhino Orphanage is the only dedicated rhino orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal and plays a key role in the future of the area’s rhino population. From the moment a rhino orphan arrives, frail and stressed from the ordeal of losing its mother, there is a huge amount of work involved for the staff at the orphanage. These babies need milk every two hours, 24 hours a day, as well as reassurance and comfort.
Whilst nursing a very young orphan rhino is an important part of looking after rhino orphans, the carers must also help these orphans learn how to become a wild rhino, teaching them everything their mothers would have, to prepare them for adulthood and for their eventual release back into the wild. This is always the goal for any rhino orphan. Every rewilded orphan is a potential parent to the next generation.
All of the wonderful work taking place at the Zululand Orphanage would not have been possible without the caring hands that dedicated hours and hours of sleepless nights, hard work and determination and love for them - all facilitated by donations and through an adoption programme and by funds raised from HORNi coffee.
Helping Bring Back a Species From the Brink of Extinction:
The last ever male northern white rhino, Sudan passed away in Kenya at the age of 45 in March 2018. His daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu are now the last two northern white rhino left on the planet and with no male, the species is now functionally extinct. Functionally extinct means that the number of animals is so small that they no longer play a significant role in ecosystem function; or that the population is no longer viable. The females Najin and Fatu, reside in Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya under constant protection.
But there is a glimmer of good news on the horizon. Over the last two years, a team of scientists, conservationists and vets from BioRescue have successfully undertaken egg harvesting from both rhinos and these egg cells were artificially inseminated with frozen sperm from a deceased northern white rhino bull Suni and a second deceased bull, Angalifu.
As a result of this ground-breaking procedure, there are now twelve northern white rhino embryos in liquid nitrogen storage. The next step will be to transfer the embryo/s to surrogate southern white rhino females at some point in the future. This step towards saving a species is getting closer but could not be done without the support of everyone who has donated, adopted a northern white rhino or bought HORNi coffee.
Every Rhino Counts: Thandi and Family
On the 2nd of March 2012, rhino poachers targeted Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Thandi was one of the three rhinos attacked that night, and the only survivor. Her recovery, although long and at time undoubtedly painful, was nothing short of a miracle. Fast forward to March 2021 and not only has Thandi made a full recovery through her amazing strength of character, but she has brought into the world four beautiful calves, Thembi, Colin, Mthetho and Siya, and is now a Grandma as well to Thembi’s calf Umkhosi.
Thandi was the first rhino to ever survive a poaching attack. Her face may be scarred and missing both her horns, but when she proudly wanders through the reserve, with young calf Siya by her side, she is testament that every rhino counts. Alongside keeping the Kariega Game Reserve Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) up and running, our profits also support the treatment and care of injured and orphaned rhinos. The fact that Thandi survived such horrific injuries is not just down to her sheer resilience but to the incredible care provided by our partner South African vet Dr William Fowlds and his team and many other key wildlife staff and conservationists.
Her story is one of triumph and sheer determination and an inspiration to us all. Her survival despite all the odds represents not only the horror of poaching, but the wonderful work being done in the field to protect this iconic species.
At HORNi and at Helping Rhinos we are fully committed to not only knowing everything we possibly can about rhinos but also to finding solutions and ways in which we can ensure this iconic and keystone species continues to walk the earth for thousands of years to come.
So, whilst you enjoy a great cup of HORNi coffee, you can be confident that you really are helping rhinos one coffee at a time.