Rare Species Conservatory Foundaiton

BLACK RHINO - ON THE EDGE - From 18 May - 3 June 2009, RSCF trustee Mark Davis, DVM assisted a team of rhino specialists translocating 29 black rhinos in the Lowveld region of Zimbabwe. This effor has never before been captured on film. The short video below is just part of a larger media project currently in progress.

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Rescue and Relocation -
Efforts to Save the Critically Endangered Black Rhino

The team captured and moved animals from high-risk areas to a protected conservancy containing 80 previously translocated rhinos. In addition, animals were treated for bullet and snare wounds, horns were preemptively removed to deter poaching, and all were fitted with telemetry transponders.

Poaching of black rhinos for their horns has escalated in Zimbabwe, with only 415 now remaining--down from 2000 in 1988. Zimbabwe's disastrous economy, rampant unemployment, and skyrocketing black-market prices for rhino horn have fueled the slaughter, exacerbated by an ever-increasing Chinese presence in Africa that purchase the horns for traditional medicines.

Sadly, emergency translocations are currently the only means to save Zimbabwe's vulnerable rhino populations. While translocating the animals, the team discovered the carcasses of nine black rhinos--including mothers and calves--killed during the previous 90 days. Raoul du Toit, Africa's Rhino Program Director, predicted that all of the 29 rhinos safely translocated would have otherwise been poached by year's end.

Video footage courtesy of Mark Davis, DVM and Darryl Saffer, Studio Ray Productions.