New baby black rhino welcome at Imire!
In February we were utterly thrilled to welcome Foggin, our newest and most precious black rhino! Our rangers discovered him in thick bush when he was a few days old, and we have left him and Kamchacha alone since then to give them vital mother and calf bonding time. We were delighted that in the last few days Kamchacha has been ready to present him to us!
Foggin is the 25th rhino to be born at Imire and arrived just just 20 months after Chaka - Kamchacha is proving herself to be a true superwoman! Mother and baby are doing well, and during our lucky observations of the new arrival, he is a healthy and inquisitive baby.
Image credits: Maddie Turner
Dr Chris Foggin, one of Zimbabwe’s most experienced veterinarians, has been a critical part of Imire’s rhino conservation success for the last 35 years. Chris was good friends with Imire founders, Norman and Gilly Travers, and when our first orphaned rhinos arrived in 1987, he played a huge role in advising and guiding Norman on rearing the calves, understanding their needs and behaviours and helping ensure the rhinos thrived. His knowledge and passion for rhinos is unparalleled.
Chris is a true foundation stone of the Imire family and we are proud to name our latest rhino in honour of his tireless work, not only for Imire, but for the rhinos of all Zimbabwe.
"There is no greater moment of creation than when life is born"
We would like to thank our wonderful supporters, donors and visitors, who all play such a huge role in ensuring our conservation efforts can continue, and ensure that we are all rewarded with such incredible moments.
Be a conservation VOLUNTEER AT IMIRE
We welcome groups, couples, solo travellers and families onto our volunteer programmes.
- To volunteer with your family, find out about our Family Volunteer Programme.
- For over 17s, click for our Rhino & Elephant Conservation Programme.
- For experienced horse riders, click to find out about our Equine Programme.
- Interested in pursuing a career in guiding or going into more about conservation and wildlife? Find out about our 6 week Nature Enthusiast Course and our Apprentice Field Guide Programme.
Imire is home to three elephants, 13 rhinos (four white and nine black), buffalos and two re-wilded cheetah. In addition we also have giraffes, wildebeest, zebra, sable and a plethora of other plains game.
As an Imire rhino conservation volunteer, you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work hands-on with rhinos, elephants and cheetah, side-by-side with conservation experts and within local communities. Rhino conservation volunteers play a key role in protecting Africa’s wildlife, and also develop deep intercultural understanding, through working in our vibrant community alongside friendly and like-minded people.
Get in touch to find out more about our volunteer programmes:
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