We translocated 22 in the end from Bubiana. Everyone was a relief to get out but some deserve special mention:
Rosemary is the 7 year old female calf of Myrtle who was poached in November 2008 along with her young calf at the time, Mint. Myrtle’s sub-adult Basil was poached in December 2008 leaving Rosemary as her only known offspring surviving in Bubiana.
With Rosemary was Figtree – Marula’s calf of 2005. Marula and Myrtle were best friends and always found close to each other or calf sitting the others sub-adult so it is no surprise these two were together. Marula and her current calf Cassia were also translocated.
Sinikwe’s mother Ulemule and her sub-adult calf Serina (Sinikwe’s sister) were found on a property to the west of where she normally lives. With Ulemule, Sinikwe, Jiros and Serina moved the whole Ulemule family is now relocated to Bubye.
We also got both our local big heavies – Dozer and Ganya. Dozer had a number of new scars indicating he had been scrapping recently with Ganya.
Sadly the numbers on Rocky Glen and Boulder Creek (where monitoring is performed by the property owners) were much lower than hoped. Management there had said they had about 15 rhinos (out of 45 18 months ago) but we only found five. This is a disturbing example of what can happen when monitoring is not adequate. We found five carcasses while searching for rhinos to translocate.