Unusual expedition to help rhino calves
LOCAL motorists and residents were surprised to see a lifesized rhino being towed along the road on Friday.
The fibreglass replica, named Olli (the acronym for One Land Love It), was on its way to Gwahumbe Game and Spa in MidIllovo, where it spent the night with ecowarrior cyclist Wayne Bolton and his team.
The unique convoy is currently on an unusual expedition called The Olli Frontier Rhino Ride, in an effort to create conservation awareness, to thank game rangers for the role they play in protecting our natural heritage, and to raise funds for Care for Wild Africa, the biggest rhino orphanage and sanctuary in the world.
Volunteer game ranger Bolton set off on a 6 000 km transSouth Africa journey last year.
He named his journey The One land Love it (Olli) expedition and connected to all 19 South African national parks by cycling from Kruger National Park down the West Coast all the way to the Addo Elephant National Park. He said his current journey was prompted by the increase in rhino poaching. In KwaZuluNatal alone, around 227 rhinos were poached in 2015 and 2016. Between January and May 31 this year, more than 100 have already fallen prey to poachers
His latest 2 000 km ride started in his hometown of Nelson Mandela Bay, through the Wild Coast and on to KwaZuluNatal before he heads to the Mozambique border, where he will plant a flag with the message, Close the Gates.
The lifesized rhino is towed along by the support vehicle.
With Olli the rhino are (from left) Wayne Bolton, and Neil Hampson and Derek Grose from Gwahumbe Game and Spa in MidIllovo.