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Rhino Conservation
Rhino Conservation
Rhino Conservation

rhino conservation experience

Rhino monitoring and management is a core function of Marataba’s conservation team. Join us on a fully interactive rhino-focused safari and get involved with elective procedures like rhino notching.

Bookable with a surcharge of R 75 500 per group (max 10 people)

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the
experience

Rhino registration and identification is an ongoing intervention at Marataba and our long-term objective is to have every single rhino at Marataba identified. Throughout the year, we undertake rhino immobilisation procedures, purely for rhino conservation and research – and you are invited to join us!

During a rhino registration and identification procedure, you will help immobilise and notch the animal and insert a DNA microchip into the horns and body. Tissue is collected and the DNA is submitted to the RHoDIS database (Rhinoceros DNA indexing system), a national DNA database maintained by the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory at the University of Pretoria that is kept to provide forensic evidence related to the provenance of confiscated rhinoceros horns.

itinerary

During a rhino-focused safari, a stay could look something like this:

Day 1: After a briefing with the conservation team, embark on an afternoon drive to identify a specific rhino and learn about the social interaction and make up of rhino groups.
Day 2: Darting, notching & monitoring of the rhino. A follow up and post-notching monitoring will take place in the afternoon.
Day 3: Alternative day for notching, or to enjoy a selection of Marataba experiences with a private vehicle and dedicated guide.

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