Here at the orphanage our rhinos get pampered by the staff and volunteers! Volunteer Maddie is giving J’aime a hands on mud bath to encourage her to wallow more.
Rhinos enjoy mud wallowing as it acts as a cooling method and helps to protect their skin from the sun, parasites and other insects. They use their feet and horns to stir up the mud before getting down for a roll. Once they’ve finished wallowing rhinos will often find a scratching post and get to work removing ticks and other parasites. Scratching posts can be a tree, rock or even a termite mound.