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Children have raised money for the care and upkeep of Phila, the black rhino injured by poachers. It is being housed at Joburg Zoo.
HELP continues to pour in for Phila, the black rhino injured by poachers, with the latest donation of R7 000 coming from Grade 4 learners at the North American International School.


Phila the black rhinoPhila the black rhinoIn the past six months, there has also been a helping hand of R20 000 from software company Wonderware and a R10 000 gift from estate agent Pam Golding.

The learners, who come from Pretoria, were touched by Phila’s story during a visit to the Johannesburg Zoo earlier this year and decided to raise money for the young rhino’s upkeep.

“On their visit the class of 14 students had a special tour of the endangered animals housed at the zoo, including the Siberian tiger, the Arabian oryx, black rhino and more,” says Candice Segal, the zoo’s acting brand and communications manager.

The class decided to raise funds for the rhino through the facility’s Adopt an Animal programme. Under it, people or companies can donate money for the care and feed of an animal of their choice. The donator receives a certificate with their name and the name of their chosen animal.

According to Segal, the adoption programme gives members of the public an opportunity to give back and support the upkeep of their favourite animals.

The entire school and the parents supported the fundraising, says teacher Yvonne Mhone.

On 13 May, rhino keeper Clement Chauke and education officer Imelda Matlala visited the school for the official handover of the donation and to give the learners their adoption certificates.

Phila was sent to Joburg Zoo after it was attacked twice and shot nine times by poachers in Modimolle, a small town in Limpopo. To learn more about the zoo and the Adopt an Animal programme, visit its website.

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