Mourning Bahati

We are saddened to bring you the tragic news from the Big Life Foundation that after days of searching, young calf Bahati was found but succumbed to his injuries and did not awake from the anesthesia.
Read the full update below:
Our thoughts are with all the teams who tirelessly worked to find Bahati.

Big Life Foundation's photo.


On the fourth and final day, rangers set out at the crack of dawn to resume the search for Bahati, the orphaned rhino calf with a snare around his neck. Bahati had previously survived a bullet wound to the neck and the loss of his mother to poachers. Today we mourn them both, as Bahati has tragically succumbed to his injuries.

Big Life and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers started the day full of hope and optimism that there could still be a happy outcome; fresh tracks were spotted mid-morning and ground teams were sent in. Veterinary services and helicopter support from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust were called in on stand by.

During the night, Bahati had retreated into extremely dense brush and sharp lava fields. Against all odds, the rangers managed to spot him in the distances and immediately called in the helicopter. A KWS veterinarian succeeded in darting Bahati from the air with a tranquilizer, then landed and rushed to his aid.

Tragically, the metal snare had cut too deeply into Bahati’s neck. The wounds were severe, and septicemia had already set in. Exhausted and traumatized from the ordeal, Bahati succumbed to his injuries and did not awake from the anesthesia.

We are all devastated by the loss of this special little rhino.

Through our grief, we are grateful that so many came together in the attempt to rescue one of the few rhinos alive in this small corner of East Africa. In particular, we thank the Kenya Wildlife Service and David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. We are also extremely thankful for the encouragement we have received from supporters around the world who bolstered our efforts.

Bahati joins his mother now (pictured together); may they rest in peace. Lala salama, little Bahati.

3 thoughts on “Mourning Bahati

  1. I am beyond sorry, that the world and all that is on it is going down the drain into the shithole to perish, due to a mob of horrible evil criminals, because mankind is somehow not able to take the responsibility to give the destroyers of animals and Eartth the proper punishment they deserve and that is without questioning THE DEATH SENTENCE !. Those who are getting paid to apply JUSTICE are weak and not to be trusted and if the population can not get together to change things for the better we will be our own downfall.,

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  2. RIP little Bahati and mother – What a cruel world we made for you.

    And what a sad day for those at the face of this barbaric ‘trade’ (like Big Life Foundation – thank you). But with #WorldRhinoDay upon us, this should just make us all more determined to protect the precious rhinoceros that are still in ‘our’ care and under constant threat.


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