On the weekend of the 13th of July a team of professionals descended on a gem of a Game Reserve in Zululand with a common purpose of saving Rhino. The focus of the weekend was to dart several Rhino within the reserve and fit them with both VHF (Very High Frequency) and UHF (Ultra High Frequency) real time tracking devices. This allows the animals to be monitored more ... It also allows reserve management to identify their high risk areas and effectively deploy their field rangers.
This forms part of Project Rhino Tracker, a project of the Wildlands Conservation Trust, only possible with funds donated by passionate individuals. In this case the conservation activities were made possible by a generous donation from Durban North resident Filippo Faralla. Shaun Pollock, a Wildlands ambassador, also joined the team, together with his
wife, Tricia and their two beautiful little girls.
“The experience my family and I had this weekend was truly unforgettable,” commented Shaun Pollock. “I am so glad we got to be a part of this amazing experience that will ultimately ensure my children’s children get to see live rhino one day… truly priceless,” he said.
The day’s activities involved a highly experienced team including a helicopter pilot and a vet, as well as a team from Wildlife ACT Fund, who specialise in the fitting (and monitoring) of endangered species with advanced technology.
“It is tough to see such a huge animal helpless as it is immobilised by a drug in order to be worked on,” said Marketing Manager at Wildlands, Lauren Laing. “But you simply need to remind yourself how important this sort of work is on order to achieve the long term vision and to help save the species,” she said.
“We also must acknowledge ambassadors like Filippo Faralla and Shaun Pollock for their support, as without them this experience would not have been possible,” said Laing.