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 Post subject: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:32 am 
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We were in Kruger for the week last week. When driving from Skukuza towards Phabeni one morning we saw a low flying helicopter, almost aerobatic style flying. As we came nearer, we spotted a truck with a high-up crane parked on the road. Then one of the most interresting sightings I've ever seen in Kruger. A rhino was darted and being attended to in the road by a group of about 10 Sanparks officials. Blanket over the eyes, the rhino was given injections, a stool sample was "extracted", but unfortunately my SO was a little disturbed to stay around.

I tried asking a few Sanparks people at Skukuza what they might have been doing, but when standing around the fire and chatting to my neighbour that evening, they mentioned that they had heard on the radio that all of Kruger's Rhino were to receive micro-chips in their horns. SO was so relieved to hear that the whole darting was for a good cause, and that the Rhino wasn't actually shot-to-kill.

Great work by the anti-poaching crown in Kruger! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:09 pm 
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Hi Guzz,
Thanks for the great news. :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:48 pm 
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Sorry to appear stupid, but is that done because, in the awful event of poaching, where they hack off the horn, they can track the stolen horn? :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:36 pm 
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Yes, that's correct Val, they then know exactly where and which animal it came from.
not that its a lot of help to the unfortunate animal at that point but it could help make the prosecution easier.

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 Post subject: Re: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:43 pm 
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........and stop them doing it to the next rhino. :thumbs_up:

Well done SANparks!! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:10 pm 
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[quote="Guzz"]When driving from Skukuza towards Phabeni one morning we saw a low flying helicopter, almost aerobatic style flying. As we came nearer, we spotted a truck with a high-up crane parked on the road. Then one of the most interresting sightings I've ever seen in Kruger. A rhino was darted and being attended to in the road by a group of about 10 Sanparks officials. Blanket over the eyes, the rhino was given injections, a stool sample was "extracted".

Not sure but normally during the winter months Sanparks capture animals including Rhino and relocate them in other parts of KNP and or other parks in SA. The truck with a high-up crane it's more likely that the animal was capture for relocation than inserting a micro chip.


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 Post subject: Re: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:20 pm 
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Thanks :)

We can confirm that the team was running DNA testing with the rhino. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:26 pm 
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Thanks for the info. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: SANPARKS doing it for the Rhino!
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:44 am 
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This is a little bit "off-the-wall..." so to speak, but in the interests of protecting our beloved rhino I had an idea...

How about tranquilising as many rhino as possible and inserting an insoluble but potent toxic substance into a number of sites in their horns. A botulinus toxin would be ideal...

Then just wait until some poor rhino is obscenely slaughtered, its horn ground up and consumed by some gullible insecure Asian lothario...

That should put an end to rhino poaching!!!


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