rhinolivesmatter

@rhinolivesmatter  An inside look at the monitoring of two of the worlds most endangered species - the black & white rhino. Location undisclosed for the rhino's safety

3 weeks ago

Baby Rhino’s are just the cutest things around! This one is in where it should be, in the wild, unlike so many of the orphans from the poaching battle that continues unabated. #rhinolivesmatter

3 weeks ago

A Black Rhino cow waking up after being fitted with a VHF horn transmitter earlier today. This will enable us to locate her easily, to monitor her condition and whereabouts. We believe tracking devices are a necessity for rhino with the current poaching crisis showing no signs of abating. These transmitters work 24hrs, so during night patrols on full moon periods we can easily locate each animal and sit close to them where possible. #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

This is the same animal posted earlier, seen here in the boma not looking so hot! The biggest problem with putting Rhino into a boma is getting them to eat enough food at first. This lad was in such a poor state that it was heartbreaking watching him struggle to eat enough to keep him alive, as he couldn’t afford to loose more condition. As soon as he really started eating lucerne and browse pellets in addition to the browse it was all uphill from there and he was released back into the wild a different animal. #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

A while back this stunning Black Rhino bull was found with a serious injury inflicted by another Rhino. He spent 10 weeks recovering in a big boma, was in a sorry state and for the early part we really didn’t think he was going to make it. There are simply no words to describe the feeling each time we catch up with him, seeing this amazing animal back in the wild! #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

After loosing two black rhino, both to natural causes earlier in the year, this morning we confirmed the second addition to our Black Rhino ranks in the last few months. This has been a particularly tough year but seeing pics of a baby rhino makes all the work worth it! #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

Three White Rhino yesterday morning before the sun rose. During the full moon period we monitor the position of Rhino fitted with tracking devices and sit with them or close bye where possible. These animals became a bit edgy when the oxpeckers arrived as it started to get light, wandering off into thicker bush. #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

GSP Rhino tracking dog Wilma cooling down while working this morning. In front of the waterhole, you can see the fresh Black Rhino tracks of the animal we were following from early this morning. Although it was cloudy it’s still tiring for the dogs and they appreciate the chance to have a break, cool down in the water and have a drink. Unfortunately on this occasion after tracking for two hours, we lost the tracks on rocky ground and were unable to pick them up again. #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

Two female Black Rhino’s hanging out together. Apart from females with offspring, Black Rhino are generally referred to as being solitary, in fact though lots of them are semi-social. Normally it’s a dominant bull with a cow but young females such as these two are often found in association. #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

Our first camera trap shot of the latest addition to our Black Rhino population. A month ago we found this gorgeous little bundle when checking up on his mother. We knew the cow was heavily pregnant and the baby must have been only a few days old, we monitor these animals every few days and she was alone the time before. Since then we have let nature takes it’s course so not to disturb them, instead just monitoring the movement of the mum, checking her telemetry signal is moving. We placed a camera trap close to the nearest dam, at a height where it could take a picture of the calf. For the first month the only pictures we got were Lions trying to remove the camera trap! We were overjoyed to know the calf has made it through the first critical month, safe from predators! #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

GSP Rhino tracking dog Wilma stealing a stick from the latest anti poaching recruit, a one year old female Belgian Malinois named Fleur #rhinolivesmatter

1 month ago

There is little to match the intense stare of a Black Rhino in the bush. This female is showing typical behaviour, inquisitively coming forward to check us out before mock charging a couple of times and then jogging off. What is often seen as aggression with these animals is just there inquisitive nature. #rhinolivesmatter

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