Wild rhinoceros sometimes are immobilized for veterinary care and translocation (relocation of animals to increase range, improve herd health or protect them from poaching). However, with these efforts come health risks and increased stress to the animals during capture. Researchers will investigate stress in wild eastern black rhinoceros during routine veterinary procedures and study the long-term effects of translocation on general and reproductive health after relocation. The team will evaluate different drug combinations during capture and transport of rhinoceros to help reduce stress and associated complications of immobilization. Their goal is to determine the best strategy that reduces stress and health complications while still accomplishing conservation goals.
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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Francesca Vitali, DVM