Stage 3: Quarantine, Care and Security for 6 Weeks

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#Rhino25 will be kept in quarantine for 6 weeks so that the vets and Rhinos Without Borders team can make sure each rhino is healthy and strong enough for the arduous journey ahead. As the journey involves a lot of transport in a small enclosed space (the rhino are kept in strong metal crates), they will experience some stress and a few knocks so have to be healthy and solid.

This is a time when security is vital due to having 10 rhino in an enclosed area; which would be a gold mine for a poacher, so there is an extensive security presence at all times. The security costs are around $13,000 to keep #Rhino25 and her 9 rhinos friends safe; so around $1,300 per animal.

To donate to #Rhino25’s journey please click: Rescue Rhino 25

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Stage 2: #Rhino25 in Quarantine

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The rhino is loaded onto a truck and driven to a quarantine ‘boma’ (an enclosure about a hectare in size and generally made of thick wooden stakes.) Then it goes through a six-week quarantine period. The rhinos are fed and given water but human contact is still kept to an absolute minimum.

#Rhino25 will be kept in the boma with other rhinos on the same journey, so will have company and will be able to socialise. The rhino will also be fed by hand by an experienced team member. They will also be exercised daily so that they stay fit and active.

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Stage 1: Capture of #Rhino25

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The process begins with the Rhinos Without Borders team working with game managers in South Africa to identify animals in reserves that are crowded or are facing intense poaching threats.

Once the rhino are selected, an experienced vet darts them with a sedative from a helicopter. Then the rhinos are blindfolded and given ear plugs to keep them calm while medical checks are undertaken.  Once they are ready to be moved, a rope is placed around their head and they are given an antidote to the sedative, before being walked into a crate. Rhino hide is between 1.5 – 5 cm thick so the dart must be powerful enough to penetrate its armour!

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RHINO#25 – Black or White Rhinos?

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Are Black or White Rhinos being Moved?

The first batch were all white. Of the next 25 RWB is aiming for 5 black and 20 white and building that up to 30 black and 70 white over the first 100. These ratios have been chosen to reflect the proportion of black to white in the remaining populations, the present proportion in Botswana starting up and the availability . Lastly we cannot source black from Namibia (that has a significant population) because they are a different sub species so excluded from our project (not naturally or historically occurring in Botswana.)

What is the Difference Between White and Black Rhino?

There are two species of African rhino – the white and the black. The names are a bit of a misnomer in fact – they are both are the same dark grey-brown colour. It’s likely that the name ‘white rhino’ is a misinterpretation of the Afrikaans word ‘wyd’, referring to its square upper lips whilst Black rhinos have hooked lips.

If you want to help #Rhino25 with a donation please click on the ‘HELP RHINO#25’ Image on the right. Many thanks!