'Scrapping' rhino causes major mobilisation

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RCB's dedicated team is on-call 24/7. So when reports of an injured rhino came in late on Saturday evening, we rallied the troops and were ready to track down the animal at dawn the next day.

 Our Husky Aviat aircraft closes in on the rhinos with a veterinarian leaning out of the door, ready to dart them with a sedative

Our Husky Aviat aircraft closes in on the rhinos with a veterinarian leaning out of the door, ready to dart them with a sedative

As soon as our monitoring officers had located the bull, we mobilised the helicopter and our aeroplane to dart the animal. We assessed his injuries and concluded that they were just superficial wounds – a fat lip and a few scrapes – from fighting with another bull. So with a quick clean and spray of antiseptic, he was good to go on his way.

 As one of the rhinos sleeps peacefully, the other rhino is darted and guided to a gentle standstill

As one of the rhinos sleeps peacefully, the other rhino is darted and guided to a gentle standstill

Since the team was now in an area frequented by a couple of other rhinos we wanted to check up on, we sent the Husky aircraft to track them down. Both animals were successfully located and darted, and their tracking devices were replaced. We are delighted to confirm that they are in excellent condition. The Okavango Delta really is a perfect paradise for rhinos.

 When the rhinos are only partially sedated, they can be guided wherever the team needs them

When the rhinos are only partially sedated, they can be guided wherever the team needs them