Munu is a southwestern black rhino – a severely endangered subspecies; there are only 250 left in the world. Munu became blind during a territorial battle in a South African National Park, and in a first-of-its-kind agreement; SANParks allowed for private intervention in the care of an endangered species. After the incident, SANParks kept Munu in an enclosure, and The White Lion Foundation helped establish a replica of this enclosure at Mantis Founder’s Lodge.
Munu is protected in an adapted environment where can live a life that is as wild as possible. Munu’s contribution to the preservation of his species, research, and conservation education will be an important part of the Eco-Innovation Hub that Mantis will launch at Founder’s Lodge in 2020. The quality of life Munu has now will ensure that he will live for many more years.
Guests of Mantis Founder’s Lodge are welcome to visit Munu, following a briefing on his history with an understanding as to why he is kept in a captive facility, as he can never be free-roaming again. Guests fall in love with him immediately and realize the importance of what we are doing as a conservation team at Founders Lodge, to save these magnificent animals from the brink of extinction.