BIG ‘Little G’

Happy World Rhino Day!

World Rhino Day is celebrated on September 22 every year. This special day provides the opportunity for everyone to celebrate rhinos in their own unique ways.

Thompsons Africa is a proud supporter of Gertjie, an orphaned rhino cared for by our partners Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre​. Gertjie is a male white rhinoceros (ceratotherium simum) born on the 19th of February 2014. On arrival at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, he weighed JUST 100KGS and today he can’t be weighed anymore as he may well break the scale! He is believed to be well over a ton!!


Today, Gertjie is a very happy rhino sharing an enclosure with his ‘brother’ Matimba as well as two other rhino survivors, Lions Den and Dingle Dell. He loves his daily feeding of lucern and will even try and eat it off the feeding vehicle while the curators are busy off loading the food. He is doing very well and it is amazing to see how much he has grown from the ‘Little G’ who arrived at the centre in 2014.


The funds donated by Thompsons Africa towards the fostering of Gertjie go towards his food and general upkeep, maintaining his living arrangements, medical expenses and the cost of his security.


Ask us how you too can play a part in supporting the Rescued Rhino’s @ HESC. From as little as R 1 950 per annum, you can make a VERY real difference!

Watch Gertjie in action on our Thompsons Africa home page ‘Featured Video’

Contact us today for more details or to support a rhino @

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