Rhino-translocation in Kruger National Park

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A team of Vet's and Rangers is escorting a mother-rhino to the transportation Box. The animals get darted with a mix of tranquilliser and immobiliser. The drugs take around 3 – 5 minutes to kick in.

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In the early morning a veterinarian is giving instructions to his colleagues whilst waiting for the helicopter to arrive. The teams are relatively big, as there is a lot of manpower needed to handle these big animals.

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A tranquillise-dart is seen sticking in the back of a Rhino. The veterinarians use a air-pressure gun to shoot the darts. Usually this is done from a Helicopter.

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A veterinarian labels blood samples which she took from a captured rhino.

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A micro-chip was inserted into the horn of a rhino. After this procedure the hole is closed with some filler. The vets also collect horn-samples for a DNA-database. Through this database, they are able to link confiscated horns to a certain carcas.

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A veterinarian was dropped by helicopter to join the team. At the end of 2014 there was only one helicopter available which veterinarians and rangers have to share.

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A group at veterinarians is working on a young rhino which was captured together with it's mother. The animals will be released in a intensive protection zone where they are save from being poached.

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A rhino is pushed into a transportation box. It is a mother which was captured together with it's calf. They will be transported to a intensive protection zone within the park.

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A helicopter and a car are seen whilst the capturing mission. The Kruger park is roughly the size of Israel and difficult to monitor. At the end of 2014 there was only one helicopter available which veterinarians and rangers have to share.

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A forensic team is doing a autopsy of a poached rhino. It was killed several days before, but vultures and insects didn't leave more behind then bones and the thick skin. The animal was a pregnant female which was shot literally meters from the boarder-fence to Mozambique.

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In the early morning the team is heading towards the area where the animals get caught. In this case it took place in the north-east of the park, close to the boarder to Mozambique. Here the Rhinos are most likely to be poached.

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Rhino-translocation in Kruger National Park
South Africa's ambitious plan to save it's last Rhinos

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