The story of Munu


In 2019 Munu, a male Black Rhino was found wandering erratically in the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa’s Eastern Province. Lions, always quick to spot weakness in any animal, were already circling the seemingly defenseless rhino. Soon, it seemed, his life would be over.


The park’s veterinary team was called in, and Munu was darted so they could examine him and find out why he was behaving so strangely. It didn’t take them long—Munu was utterly blind. He was immediately moved to the safety of a boma in the park while his future was debated.


Things didn’t look hopeful for Munu. It was suggested that he should be euthanized as the cost of protecting him would be unrealistically high. To put him down seemed like the most pragmatic thing to do. The alternative, and the route generally preferred in conservation, would be to let nature take its course. In Munu’s case, this would mean releasing him back into the park, where he would almost certainly fall prey to the lions.

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Fortunately for Munu, conservationist Brett Barlow saw things differently. Catching wind of the blind rhino’s plight, Brett decided to intervene. All Black Rhinos are regarded as Critically Endangered on the IUCN’s Red Data list. But Munu is particularly rare, as he is a South-western Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis), of which fewer than 254 are left in the wild in South Africa. Brett remembered the words of his early mentor, Dr. Ian Player: “Every rhino matters.” The continued onslaught of poaching on rhinos means we must protect every last one.

So, after months of negotiation, Brett, with the kind assistance of a friend, was able to move Munu to a temporary place of sanctuary. Although Munu is blind, he is healthy in all other respects, and his genetics are pristine. So, giving Munu a chance to breed and contribute back to his gene pool is extremely important. But that meant finding him his forever home.

The Shannon Elizabeth Foundation and Brett recently secured a beautiful piece of land and have built Munu an incredible new boma with three large camps for him to rotate through. The vegetation is perfect for him, and the location is ideal. We are now in Phase Two of our new sanctuary build for Munu and any eventual females who would like to join him.

This work is underway right now in 2023!

This project is massive and a story we’d like to share with the world. We are currently looking for the best production and distribution partners to work with us to tell this story. If you believe that could be you, please contact us at info@shannonelizabeth.org.

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Please watch Munu’s story above and share in his journey!

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Why does
Munu matter?


Munu can eat up to 60lbs, or 25kg, of food per day. He eats browse that is cut for him by his carers, but we need to supplement this with nutrient-rich lucern. This costs $10 per day. With winter approaching and lucern in short supply, we need your help to raise $3,650 to ensure he has food for the cold months, and year, ahead. Please donate, even for one day. Munu would be so grateful for you to become a part of his journey, and ultimately, his legacy.

You can give with confidence, knowing that your contribution will go directly towards feeding Munu. And we look forward to sharing more of Munu’s journey with you every step of the way.  


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