How to Raise a Rhino
After growing up in stodgy, Post-WWII London, Anna Merz was determined to live a life of grand adventure. She spent much of her life in Ghana, racing horses, exploring the Sahara, and rescuing orphaned wild animals that were dropped at her door.
When Anna retired to Kenya, she anticipated rest and relaxation. Instead, she found her true calling, that of Kifaru Mama (Rhino Mama).
Witnessing the slaughter of wild animals sold for their parts, Anna determined to rescue the highly endangered black rhino, the dodo of the modern world — ungainly creatures destined for extinction. They may not have the beauty of a cheetah, the majesty of an elephant or the smarts of a dolphin, but this, small, older white woman saw they needed saving and so she stepped up. From building 8-foot-tall fences around 5,000 acres of land, to darting rhinos from helicopters and trucking them to safety, and adopting a newborn rhino abandoned by her mother, Anna’s life became one challenge after another.
As she struggled against savage poachers, in-country politics, and her budget, Anna’s love for Samia meant she couldn’t give up. Can Anna really make a difference, or is this, as her husband said, “another of her wild ideas?”