SOURCE: Gentle Dentistry of East Aurora, PLLC

Gentle Dentistry of East Aurora

March 16, 2010 00:01 ET

U.S. Dentist Helps Save African Rhinos From Extinction

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 16, 2010) -  Last August, Dr. Glassbrenner, of Gentle Dentistry, travelled to South Africa on an Eco-Safari organized by The Earth Organization to a wildlife reserve and adopted a White Rhino to help save them from extinction.

Having few natural predators other than humans, rhinos are killed for their keratin-containing horns, used in expensive medicines. Registered as 'vulnerable' (International Rhino Foundation), Southern White Rhinos are the most abundant species, with about 17,500 remaining in the wild, and are in danger of extinction in our lifetime. 

Lawrence Anthony, owner of the Thula-Thula reserve, asked Dr. Glassbrenner if she would be interested in adopting a baby white rhino to be a companion to Heidi, the only rhino left on the reserve. 

Without hesitation, she agreed to bring Thabo to the reserve. Tragically, before baby Thabo arrived, Heidi was killed by poachers wanting her horns. Two months later in October 2009, baby Thabo arrived at Thula-Thula after a fourteen hour trip.

Thula-Thula acquired the rhino after the one-day old calf was found alone and dehydrated in a Free State game reserve. 

Thula-Thula will care for him until he is old enough to get released into the wild. "We do not believe in keeping captive animals," said Lawrence Anthony. "The only good cage is an empty cage."

To aid in his release, the search began for a baby female rhino. The search was successful.
Baby Ntombi was rescued after her mother got killed in front of her and in December 2009, she arrived at Thula-Thula.

In Africa, Dr. Glassbrenner visited a local hospital and taught the children there how to brush their teeth and presented them all with toothbrushes. 

Dr. Glassbrenner, CEO of Gentle Dentistry of East Aurora and Lancaster, NY, one of the fastest growing dental practices in Western NY, is never deterred from helping others. 

Planning another trip this summer to visit Thabo and to teach more children dental hygiene, she encourages anyone interested in saving animals or helping the children of Africa, to plan their trip to Thula-Thula. (www.thulathula.com)

"It will change your life. You will never be the same again," says Dr. Glassbrenner.

For information on Gentle Dentistry visit: www.wearegentledentistry.com

For information on Lawrence Anthony founder of the international Earth Organization and author of "Babylon's Ark," the incredible wartime rescue of the Baghdad Zoo, visit: www.earthorganization.org

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