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Category: Southern White Rhino

Race to protect two Rhinos that enter dangerous territory

STS Mozambique are quick on the scene to save 2 Rhinos. The pair of Rhinos have crossed the boarder from South Africa’s Kruger National Park into an area of Mozambique. This is a known area where poachers operate from.

A few days ago the Anti-Poaching Unit in Sabie Game Park – Mozambique alerted us that two horned Rhinos had crossed the border. A joint operation which was funded by STS was organised. The next morning we immobilised the beautiful mature bull and cow from the helicopter. Both animals were dehorned, ear-notched, and sampled. Ear-notching is a technique which enables us to correctly identify individual Rhinos on the reserve. Each Rhino receives a unique notch number as well as a microchip in their horn to help tracking.

These are truly wild, free ranging Rhinos, critical for the species long term survival and thanks to this intervention, they will be able to carry on living for many more years without being targeted by poachers.

We are fully committed to protecting the highly vulnerable but extremely important Rhino population that lives along the Mozambique / Kruger boundary. With the approval of the Mozambique Government, we have been working with Administração Nacional das Áreas de Conservação to dehorn every Rhino in high risk areas in southern Mozambique.

This radical approach is unfortunately necessary to keep Rhinos safe from poaching and has been proving to be an extremely effective tool in areas where Anti-Poaching capacity is limited.

Rhino de-horned
Rhino with vets
Rhino de-horn
Rhino with vets

Why are Rhinos so important?

Rhinos are keystone species. This means they play a crucial role in shaping and maintaining the ecosystems they live in. One way in which the species does this is by wallowing in muddy puddles. This helps to create and maintain water holes, where other species drink. The mud which accumulates on the Rhinos skin dries and falls off, enriching the surrounding soils. This allows different flora species to flourish.

Not only this, but being one of the big five, Rhinos form a large aspect of ecotourism and therefore make up considerable proportions of a country’s income.

Both the values to economies and ecosystems demonstrates why it is so important to conserve and protect our remaining Rhino. We need your help to enable us to save this species.

How can I help save the remaining Rhino?

You can help save the Rhino by supporting the work we do. Please consider donating to become either a one off or monthly donor. Everything you give goes directly towards helping Africas vulnerable wildlife such as the Rhino.

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Thank you for all of your support.


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