The biggest Rhino Orphanage and Sanctuary in the world.

Project Red’s first k9 Unit in action

Founded by Petronel Nieuwoudt in 2001, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is the biggest orphan rhino orphanage and sanctuary in the world.

Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release
Their vision is to secure free ranging African Rhinocerous in protected sanctuaries across Africa, to ensure the survival of the species for furture generations.

Baby rhinos that are orphaned in the wild rarely survive. The mission of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary is to rescue every rhino that is orphaned, to heal them and to provide a totally secure environment where they can grow, roam free, and breed to ensure that there will always be rhinos in Africa.

Making A Difference
The Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC was founded by Petronel Nieuwoudt (PN) 15 years ago in the Limpopo province, with the goal of providing care and rehabilitation to a wide range of animals. Due to the limited level of poaching at the time, only a few rhinos were treated at the centre. In 2011 the centre was moved to Barberton, Mpumalanga, and was situated on a leased property as a temporary measure until a more suitable property was available for purchase. Subsequent to moving to its new property, there was a drastic increase in the number of rhino poaching incidents in the surrounding areas, and an ensuing need to care and rehabilitate for the injured and/or orphaned rhinos, whose mothers were killed during such incidents, became apparent.

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC is developing the existing rehabilitation centre and additional land into a secure stronghold which will eventually accommodate 100 black and white rhinos in a viable secure breeding population. Ultimately, it is the goal of the sanctuary to aid in the process of re-maximizing the rhino population with the intention of preserving the species for future generations.

Despite intense counter poaching efforts, rhinos continue to be poached at unprecedented levels throughout South Africa. Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC is developing a concise strategy to ensure the safety and security of the rhinos under the centres care, and is committed to maintaining the highest level of protection. Such security measures will include (but are not limited to) 24/7 monitoring of individual animal groups, highly trained armed game scouts, mobile response units, communications network, crime intelligence, intense surveillance and live video monitoring, trained counter poaching dogs and their respective handlers, watch towers, electrified fencing, and aerial support.


We recently installed our first K9 Anti-poaching unit at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary. The unit undergoes an intensive 3 month training course at Paramount K9 Solutions all funded by Project Red. We then hand the ranger and dog over to the project where they will be working, but this is not where the training ends. Like any skill, constant practice is needed to ensure the best performance. It’s great to see “Care For Wild” putting our unit through its paces so they will be as efficient as possible when their skills are needed!