Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, Mpumalanga

Worlds largest rhino sanctuary specializing in the care of orphaned, injured or sick rhinos.

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary works directly with local communities in creating sustainable solutions that provide training, educational opportunities and ultimately jobs. This leads to members of the community developing livelihoods and securing promising futures for their communities through conservation.

The long-term sustainability of the CFWRS is ultimately through the creation of jobs and enterprises within the Sanctuary and surrounding communities, ensuring that the communities see tangible benefit in conserving the Sanctuary and Rhinos.

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Sustainable conservation through community involvement

It is our mission to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned rhinos by always fulfilling our commitment of:


Time is of the essence to save orphaned rhinos. A dedicated helicopter is available to track, find and secure injured and/or orphaned rhinos. The air rescue team is supported by a highly qualified veterinary team and ground support vehicles that transport the rhino to the CFWRS holding facilities. A large percentage of rhinos in South Africa are found in the greater Kruger National Park area. Despite intense counter poaching efforts, rhinos continue to be poached at unprecedented levels throughout Africa, to meet the demand for bogus medicines made from rhino horn. CFWRS has a close relationship and an official MOU in place with SANParks and the Kruger National Park. Most of the orphaned rhinos in our care have been received from the Kruger National Park where their mothers were poached.


Our state-of-the-art holding facilities house the rhinos during the early and fragile stages of their rehabilitation and care process where they are integrated with other rhinos and are able to form crashed and unique supportive bonds. They receive the highest standard of care, feed and veterinary support during this critical process to ensure full rehabilitation. Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC is proud to be on the forefront of developing best operating practices.


All rescued rhinos are re-introduced into their natural habitat which is protected from poaching and other threats.A highly qualified security team consisting of rhino monitors, canine units, mounted patrols and armed reaction unit is permanently on duty to ensure their safety.


Care for Wild is running this exciting volunteer program with our reputable agents. This project has been running for the past 18 years and we are very proud of the number of volunteers that have become our conservation ambassadors.

From treating injured and/or abandoned wildlife to bottle-feeding orphaned rhino calves, you’ll find yourself working hands-on in this real conservation project. Spending time up close with amazing creatures, you’ll also get an unrivalled insight into their behaviour and individual personalities.

As well as rhino, Care for Wild Africa looks after many other species, so you could also find yourself helping to care for hippo, lions, meerkats, antelope and even birds of prey among others. All the time, you’ll be learning about wildlife care from leading conservationists.

We offer volunteers the opportunity to learn first-hand how to care for abandoned and injured wild animals at our wildlife sanctuary.


We are a social enterprise! Please use the enquiry form below – by doing so you are supporting both this partner and nearby projects at no extra cost. You will also get access to similar projects, accommodation discounts and special offers.

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