Northern White Rhinos Come Home
DEHORNING, RADIO TRANSMITTERS AND EAR NOTCHING
The first task for the team after the rhino settled into their new home was to dehorn and fix the animals with radio transmitters to maximise security and monitoring.
Ear notching provides a permanent, unique identification for each rhino and each transmitter, which has a life span of approximately three years and is about the size of a matchbox, has an individual frequency to each animal. The transmitters were drilled into the remaining horn and secured with dental acrylic.
Dehorning was a vital procedure for the four rhinos. Not only does it allow the horns to grow back to a natural shape once the animals are out of a captive environment, but it will also stop potential injuries once the animals are re-introduced to each other in the larger fence area.
The opportunity was also taken while the rhinos were sedated, to trim Najin & Fatu's nails. They were completely overgrown and starting to affect the animals’ foot – a common problem in zoo animals.