The main reasons for hand rearing a rhino calf would be maternal neglect, medical problems of either the mother or the calf and poaching of the dam. This is unfortunately a reality and poaching has become one of the main reasons in this country why more and more rhino calves need care.
Hand rearing a rhino calf presents several unique challenges, taking into consideration the large size at birth, rapid growth, social requirements, facility requirements and the lack of information on their nutritional needs. Hand rearing a new born calf is fairly easy, as the calf has not been imprinted on his mother yet. Older calves remain a challenge, as they don’t take to drinking from a bottle easily or accept humans as their caretakers.