The Sudan Rhino Bus Ex-ploration Sessions
In the remote Kenyan prairie in Africa,
The Northern White Rhinoceros has walked into a path of extinction.
Each day, surrounded by numerous armed guards, the old Sudan lies on its stomach, watching as his final moments in life drift by.Sudan, his daughter and granddaughter, are the world’s remaining three Northern White Rhinoceroses. At age 42, due to poor health, he was euthanized lately. This declares the extinction of the Northern White Rhinoceros.
According to data from World Wide Fund for Nature, once there used to be more than 2,000 Northern White Rhinoceroses on Earth during the 1960s. Due to superstitions on the rhino horn’s healing effect and the perverted mentality to show off one’s wealth, frenzy poaching has turned them into endangered species. The price of rhino horn in black market used to be as high as gold, luring poachers frequently target rhinos.
The crisis of endangered species has never been far away from us.
In the near future, we may be only able to tell our children through stories that a beautiful creature such as the White Rhinoceros once existed on Earth.
The largest white rhinoceros restoration center in Asia the Leofoo Wildlife Park
In 2015, Chuangfoo Foundation paid its first visit to South Africa with staff from Leofoo Village Wildlife Park in an attempt to learn about the current status of wildlife animal rescue and care in the region. Together with the founder of Care for Wild, an orphanage taking care of rhinos in South Africa, a Letter of Intent was signed, marking the beginning of Chuangfoo Foundation and Leofoo Village’s joint effort to protect the white rhinoceroses in the region.
Ever since Leofoo Village introduced the Southern Rhinoceros, baby rhinos have been born every year or two. So far, there have been 19 successfully bred rhinoceroses.
In order to allow the humanrestored white rhinoceroses become accustomed to nature, the animal conservationist at Leofoo researched and designed a bus called “Sudan Rhino Bus”. The bus’s various special design features are tailored to white rhinos’ natural habits. Through luring and training rhinos to attack the bus, it helps recover rhinos’ various natural instincts and capabilities.
Number of sessions: Two sessions daily (11:30 and 14:30)
Session duration: about 60 minutes
Guest limit: Minimum of 3 people is required for the session to take place. Maximum 10 guests allowed.
Age limit: 3 years old or over recommended
*The session will take guests to the White Rhinoceros Habitat at the Leofoo Village Wildlife Park.
Content of experience:
．Stage 1 “Getting to know White Rhinoceroses”: Our conservation staff members on bus will give an informative and educative lecture on the ecology as the bus takes guests to the White Rhinoceros Habitat. The lecture will touch on:
(1) The concept of animal conservation
(2) The crisis that White Rhinoceroses face and the conservation techniques in South Africa
(3) The habits of White Rhinoceroses
(4) The design concepts behind the “Sudan Rhino Bus” and briefing on the experience session procedure : As the lecture session goes along, the lecturer will show guests rhino horns and skins (subject to course conditions), and guests may feel free to ask the lecturer any questions.
．Stage 2 “Sudan Rhino Bus” closeup encounter: As the bus slowly approaches the herd of White Rhinoceroses, not only the guests have a chance to observe these creatures from a close distance, the guests are also invited to feel what it’s like to be working as a conservation staff member: they are allowed to brush the rhinos’ backs to establish trust between human and animals. As conservation staff member informs the guest the facts on rhinos, the guests can have a deeper understanding about White Rhinoceroses’ living habits and get a better sense of the importance of nature conservation.．”Sudan Rhino Bus Exploration” certificate: Before guests leave, they will get a training certificate and a group photo, symbolizing they have become a part of the animal conservation effort, and will continue to strive for protecting the Earth’s ecology.
Exploration price $1,999/ person.
Since this activity is a closeup encounter with animals, for animal protection concerns, we require all guests to wear colors close to the land and nature, such as black, white, grey, and coffee colors. Avoid wearing too bright and colorful colors to disturb the animals. Also avoid wearing perfumes or makeup that has strong scent.