I Opened My Heart to Orphaned Rhinos. Here are 5 Things I Learnt About Myself In the Process.

In today’s blog post, we want to inspire you, and challenge you (just a little). We are going to introduce you to a young man who is from a rural South African village. His education was poor and his career prospects were worse, but – with a little help – he has found what he calls his “dream job”.

Here’s what we love though. In finding his dream job, Ronald hasn’t just learnt about rhinos, he has learnt about himself. And although they appear simple, any wise man will tell you that Ronald has stumbled upon truths that are timeless.

Enjoy the story and maybe, if today is the right time, ask yourself what you have learnt about yourself in the last four months. You’ll be surprised what you come up with. If anything, hopefully it will challenge us all to think about the next four months.

Ronald Mohaule is one of the first five Good Work Foundation (GWF) and Konica Minolta South Africa (KMSA) bizhub Conservation Academy graduates. As part of this course,  Ronald interned at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC, the largest rhino sanctuary in the world.

Founder of Care for Wild, Petronel Nieuwoudt, was so impressed with Ronald’s passion that she offered him a permanent position as soon as he graduated. Four months into his new role, we were able to spend some time with Ronald and more than anything else, we wanted to know what this young man had learnt about himself through working with orphaned rhinos.

  • I am an observer. I have learned to understand my surroundings through observation. If you take me to the Kruger Park today, I can tell you what kind of a personality an animal has through sitting and observing it. Stillness is my friend.
  • I am an interpreter. I have learned that I am much braver than I thought around animals and I can interpret a rhino’s mood. I know if the animal wants to be left alone or is up for me giving it a mud bath. I have learnt to tune in.
  • I am patient. Rhinos have taught me about patience, especially working with the rhinos that are in quarantine. They are very sensitive and do not like being pushed to try new things, but they love a little motivation. It’s up to me to find that balance.
  • I have so much passion. A rhino is my new best friend. I don’t even keep track of “knock off” time as every minute I get to spend with rhinos is luxury to me. I am privileged to have found what I love. It’s not work.
  • I am a protector. As a young boy, I was told to stay away from wild animals or chase and beat them if they come near me. Now that I work with wild animals, I have realised that I would do anything to protect them from being harmed. The natural world is a beautiful place.

To access this opportunity, Ronald needed to learn. He needed to learn how to use a computer, how to input data. He needed to learn about mammals, trees, ethology, birds and even the stars. He needed these things for access. But for success, Ronald needed to be curious, about the world around him and himself. That’s the part that we admire the most.

Thanks for being our inspiration today Ronald!

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Ronald and his former class mates were the second group to complete the Introduction to Wildlife Monitoring Course and Good Wok Foundation. Of the five two, including Ronald are now working in the world’s largest rhino sanctuary.

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• I am a protector. As a young boy, I was told to stay away from wild animals or chase and beat them if they come near me. Now that I work with wild animals, I have realised that I would do anything to protect them from being harmed. The natural world is a beautiful place.

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Ronald Mohaule (center) had the pleasure of posing for a photo with two women who play/ed a vital role in giving him an opportunity to carve a better future. From left to right: Konica Minolta South Africa Special Projects Manager Laetitia Coertzer, and Care for Wild Africa NPC founder Petronel Nieuwoudt.

Written by Hazyview Media Agency.

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