Archive for November 10th, 2011
Endangered rhinos airlifted to new home
How do you move a sleeping rhino? With a helicopter and a whole lot of rope. Nineteen black rhinoceroses recently took flight as part of an effort to establish new, safe habitats for the critically endangered animals. The 1.5-ton rhino species has been devastated by poaching; in the early 1990s, there were only 2,000 black rhinoceroses left in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature of South Africa. The rhinos are coveted for their horns, which are sold as aphrodisiacs on foreign markets. WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion project aims to protect the species by expanding their range. But rhinos aren’t easy to transport. Prior translocation efforts have involved sedating rhinos with tranquilizer guns, and then either moving them in trucks or airlifting them in nets to waiting vehicles. Now, a new — and visually striking — procedure dispenses with the nets in favor of suspending the... Continue Reading