Crisis Zimbabwe Update: May 30, 2009

Emergency Translocation Update from Natasha Anderson: May 21 –

Transporting a rhino to safety

Transporting a rhino to safety

The translocation op is off to a good start. On day one we found the cow and calf that the poachers have been putting so much effort into chasing. We have better trackers (and a Squirrel helicopter), so we won and the two have been captured and released in safer environs.

Yesterday was even better – trackers found Jiros (Sinikwe’s brother). Once he was disturbed by the fixed wing he ran to Sinikwe, so then we knew where she was. Once Jiros was on the back of the truck, Raoul found Sinikwe again – waiting pretty much where she was when we darted Jiros. Sinikwe, disturbed by the circling fixed wing, also ran off looking for reassuring company and lead us straight to another young bull. So we moved all three.

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