Raising rhinos: Establishing a new population of Black Rhino
Dr Simon Morgan and Chris Kelly of the Wildlife ACT Fund assist Jacques Flamand, who heads up WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP), to relocate black rhino onto a new game reserve. They helped with the transmitter collars, release sites and training of the black rhino monitoring staff.
As part of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, few black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) individuals were removed from an undisclosed reserve for re-allocation purposes. For the safety of the rhinos, we will not provide here the amount of individuals re-allocated as well as their final destination. Wildlife volunteers Peter and Doreen Ward had the privilege to assist in the airlifting of this critically endangered species.
Why do they airlift the black rhino?
The capture teams, vets and other professionals who have been moving these animals for decades have deemed this the most stress free, quick and efficient way to move rhinos short distances. It’s an amazing technique that minimises the time that the animal needs to be in transport and therefore reduces stress. While in the air, the rhino is still drugged and blindfolded.
Thanks to all the Woolworths customers for buying the rhino bags and assisting with this mission! You can still buy a rhino bag and support the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project by clicking here.
Thank you to the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife capture team, WWF and everyone else who assisted throughout the week.