CCFA Munu Rhino Mascot


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Munu comes from the Addo National Park which is based in the Eastern Cape, an hour’s drive north-west from Port Elizabeth.  Munu was found wandering around in circles towards the middle of December 2018 by a section ranger named Moolman, Munu is an abbreviation of the ranger’s name, hence Munu being bestowed with this title.

A wildlife vet was called in and Munu was immediately tranquilized and taken to the boma environment at Addo National Park for further assessment and analyses. He was found to be in blind in both eyes. This resulted from a fight with another territorial male, during the course of which his right eye was badly injured and the infection then spread through his system to his left eye, leaving him totally blind.

Abandoning Munu to his own devices in the wild would have meant certain death, either from a lack of water and nutrition or getting killed by other rhino or lions. Based on the very low numbers of his sub-species, the decision was made to look after him at Addo.  Adrian Gardiner (Chairman of Mantis Collection and Brett Barlow, Wildlife Partner with Adrian for Founders Lodge) then made the decision to contact the National Parks authorities to see if we could adopt him and take care of him at Founders Lodge.

After extensive preparations to replicate Munu’s secure boma facilities at Addo, his relocation to Founders Lodge became a reality in late June 2019.  He now has 4 full time caretakers at Founders Lodge, working on a rotational basis, who look after of all his daily feeding and cleaning requirements; and the need for company (which most captive animals respond to very well).  Munu’s two senior carers, Derick and VJ, have bonded with him strongly and love working with him daily.  Furthermore, 24 hour security is provided for Munu, the importance of which cannot be overstated.

Munu mascot is a little different from the other CCFA rhino mascots as it has white eyes depicting Munu's blindness as well as having no horn as Munu's horn was removed for his safety against poachers.

“We strive to make an impact in disadvantaged communities, and the same principle was applied when seeking out the producers of our CCFA Rhino mascots. CCFA has commissioned a local community in Kylemore to hand sew their CCFA Mascots. Kylemore is a quaint missionary village, with a small community just outside of Stellenbosch. Although Kylemore is a poor community it has an enormous heart and a strong community spirit. Words from Melanie Laing who owns the company Baby Cuddles and spearheads this project on behalf of CCFA “I am blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with a team of very talented, wonderful ladies who are always happy and full of smiles no matter what life throws at them. My life has definitely been made richer from this experience.” Our Handmade toys have an individual character which allows their purpose and personality to come alive. It’s heart-warming to see the smile on people’s faces when they receive a gift which is made with love and attention.  Our animal kingdom is expanding and we now offer Rhinos, Elephants and Gorillas.