December 12, 2011

Rhino Conservation - summary 2011

Rhino conservation - summary 2011

During the course of this year our Wildlife ACT team and conservation volunteers assisted with the capture of 3 Black Rhino, some of which were airlifted by helicopter out of inaccessible areas of the reserves. Each Black Rhino had a transmitter fitted in the rhino's horn, and their "toenails" were filed with notches to allow individual identification for future data collection through monitoring.Our team also assisted with the capture of 7 White Rhino this year (5 on Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP), and 2 on Thanda Private Game Reserve), as well as participating in the ear-notching of 1 White Rhino for future identification. Our volunteers also assisted with collecting as many species of ticks as possible from the rhino for a future study, and witnessed the release of 9 White Rhino into new locations. We are privileged to be a part of the work being done to conserve these incredible animals.