Botswana Black Rhino Translocations

Prepping boma for captured black rhino

Prepping boma for captured black rhino

In late March, South African wildlife biologists launched an operation that will help re-establish a viable black rhino population in Botswana, where the species was previously extirpated.  Led by veterinarian Markus Hofmyer, a field team captured six black rhinos in Kruger National Park, acclimating them initially in protected shelters (bomas) before a planned translocation to Botswana’s Okavango Delta.  Eventually, an additional 10 animals will be captured in Northwest Parks for a similar move.  This project is a partnership between IRF and Wilderness Safaris, with support from the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Leiden Conservation Foundation, Houston Zoo, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and the Taronga Conservation Society.

Closer aerial view of darted black rhino, Kruger National Park

Closer aerial view of darted black rhino, Kruger National Park

Immobilized black rhino

Immobilized black rhino

Captured black rhino in boma

Captured black rhino in boma

Distant aerial view of black rhino, South Africa’s Kruger National Park

Distant aerial view of black rhino, South Africa’s Kruger National Park

 

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