I am passionate about rhino conservation. I am all for rescueing and treating rhino as they are such an endangered species. It will be a sad day when we and future generations can’t view a rhino in the wild. Great work Londolozi.
It seems there’s a World-Something-Day every day of the week, but World Wildlife Day at least is one of the big ones.
With the boom in social media over the last decade however, most posts, be they Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, will tend to get diluted in the flood of similar content over that 24 hour period.
We can’t possibly count it as lucky when any animal gets injured, but in twist of fate, an incident occurred on Londolozi a few days ago just in time for us to document and use it as a focus for this day of awareness:
Londolozi would like to thank all those involved in the treatment of the rhino bull, specifically the staff of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin (reserve), and the very capable vets from Aardvark Veterinary Services.
Hopefully this bull will go on to make a full recovery from his injuries.
Filed under Featured General Nature Occasions Sustainability Wildlife
Was this the female cheetah in 2013/2014? I forget which year…
If I remember correctly, in that case the female’s wound was far more superficial than it appeared. I personally watched her chase down and kill an adult impala ram only 48 hours after she received he injury. Apparently the tranquilizing of big cats can carry with it serious risk, and there have been multiple cases in which they simply don’t wake up again.
Once they have been brought round again if the treatment goes well, someone has to remain with them for a 24hr+ period in order to make sure no other predators come near her as she may still be groggy from the after-effects of the tranquilizer (cheetahs are at the bottom of the pecking order so are very vulnerable, but as you can imagine this isn’t such a problem with an adult rhino bull).
Since she seemed to be hunting fine and managing to take care of not only her and her cubs, the decision was taken not to intervene and bring increased risk to what appeared to be more of a benign situation than initially thought…
When are you and Michelle back for another visit?
James–it was 2013–our first morning game drive. Two days later we saw her stalk and take down an impale–a riveting one hour experience. It was incredible! She then brought over her 2 cubs to finish the kill and eat. (Might have been the same kill that you saw. We were with Trevor.)
We return in July 2021 (#5).
Yip, that must have been the sighting, as I remember Trevor being there too! Amazing!
Look forward to seeing you next year!