How was the treatment developed?

Following a poaching on a family reserve in 2010, Rhino Rescue Project’s Lorinda Hern started researching a number of possible solutions to prevent the poaching of another animal and in the process heard about a group of wildlife vets, under the leadership of Charles van Niekerk, researching the treatment and management of ectoparasites on rhinos in captivity through the infusion of depot ectoparasiticides into their horns. Since many reserves are dependent on tourists as its major source of income, dehorning of animals is not always deemed to be a practical solution – especially since dehorned rhinos often still get poached for the base of their horns.  Furthermore, some research studies have indicated that dehorning can have adverse impacts on the animal’s social structures and breeding patterns. For these reasons, we decided that infusion was a more viable option.

 

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