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A desperate search for snared black rhino in Kenya

In the Chyulu Hills, in Kenya a camera trap funded by Act for Wildlife, captured an image of a black rhino with a wire snare around its neck. 

Rhino snared

Rhino snared

 

Since then the team have been searching tirelessly on foot and have hired helicopters in a desperate attempt to try to find the male – a rare breeding rhino that is too valuable to lose.

They have found his tracks on a few occasions but are getting increasingly worried as they’ve found blood on the branches of the forest. The dense forest and recent rain has meant that the tracks are being washed away and are really difficult to find.

With no sighting of the rhino for over a week the 30 men are continuing the search and hoping that, following delivery of thermal imaging equipment, there may still be a chance of saving it.

The first ten days of the search they have spent their budget and without our continued support they can’t continue their work.

Help our colleagues in Chyulu by donating now to our rhino project.

 

Latest Update from the Kenya: 4 April 2013: "I have got in my old tracker. We nearly had him yesterday, we found his tracks and Ian was seconds from getting a dart into him, then he broke and ran, anyway we are back on him and let's hope in the next few days we get lucky."

Search team

 

Comments

Lee

Any updates on the tracking the Rhino?

Lee

Any updates on the tracking the Rhino?

Brehm

Poor them.

Debs Haynes

Any Luck in finding the big guy yet?

Cat Barton, Field Conservation Team

Thanks to all of you for your concern about the rhino. Our last update from the field was on Friday when we were sent the following message: \"We have had a frustrating week, the rangers going out from dawn to dusk searching for the injured Rhino, there were a few moments of excitement when they thought they had contact, but it always turned out to be another Rhino. Then yesterday they found the tracks, confirmed by scuff marks left by the wire cable he is trailing. Ian Craig, who is camped nearby and has been patiently waiting with his dart gun was called in by the rangers, they continued the painfully slow tracking through the dense forest. After about an hour one of the trackers stopped and pointed at the just discernible, but unmistakeable rump of the Rhino! They crept forward trying to get a clear shot as the projectile dart only has to touch the flimsiest twig to be deflected. At about 30 yards Ian was about to take aim and a sound or waft of wind alerted the Rhino that something was not right and he thundered off into the undergrowth…. Back to square one again. We also tried the thermal imaging scope this morning from the super cub, but yet again mother nature was not co-operating and covered the area in a bank of cloud, later as the cloud burnt off it was too late to use the thermal scope as there were just to many \'\'hot spots\'\' as the larva warmed up. Tomorrow will try again.\" We haven\'t had any news since, but the field team will update us as soon as they can. We\'ll post any news straight onto our Act for Wildlife website and Facebook site - so please continue to keep an eye out for updates. If you want to help, please make a donation to our Rhino Project.

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