The Story of Meimei, an Orphaned Baby Black Rhino in Kenya

by Matador Creators Jun 25, 2017

All photos by Scott Sporleder

Last Christmas, Matador founder Ross Borden and filmmaker Scott Sporleder were in Kenya visiting the Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy, a 58,000 acre ranch just over 200 kms from Nairobi. A former cattle ranch, today it helps to protect wildlife from poachers and is home to a rescue center and state-of-the-art veterinary clinic. The lodge is exclusive and expensive, which is what helps to fund the ultimate goal of the owner and passionate conservationist, Alec Wildenstein: to protect and ensure the local wildlife populations.

One of Ol Jogi’s residents is Meimei, an orphaned baby black rhino born in March of 2016. She was found stumbling around, blind in both eyes, by park rangers who rescued her when it was clear that the mother would be unable to protect her from predators.

After five months of care — which included formula milk and special eye drops — Meimei recovered sight in her eyes and has been nursed back to health. While today she still needs to be fed the formula milk, she has started to forage independently, and the team at Ol Jogi is working toward her release back into the wild.

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