Monday, 13 September 2010

Working with Rhinos

I have had to do lots of strange jobs at SPANA, but none more strange - or more rewarding than today's.
Our two Zim vets, Keith and Lisa, asked if we would like to help them in their battle against poachers.
There are fifty white rhinos in the Matopos Hills, and their horns are worth fifteen thousand dollars a kilo -- so the task is to locate and dart them by helicopter, then the ground crew (us) follow them through the bush until they drop, then remove their horns. They need to be carefully treated and monitored - but each rhino 'done' feels like a little victory.

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