Rhino in Flight
Suspended from a helicopter, a critically endangered black rhino (sedated) takes a 10-minute flight to a vehicle destined for a new habitat safe from poachers.
Suspending the rhinos from their ankles is the safest way for them to travel, according to the World Wildlife Foundation in South Africa, which oversees the rhino transfer program. Trucks are too slow, and suspending the animal in a net from a helicopter can interfere with its breathing.
Rhino in the Sky
The rhinos were taken on 10-minute flights to nearby trucks that would transfer them to new habitats.
A sedated rhinoceros silhouetted against the South African sky.
The WWF team moved the animals to a protected habitat in northern South Africa.
Wake Up, Rhino
Jacques Flamand of WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project administers the antidote to wake up a black rhino which has just been released to a new home after an epic 930 mile (1500 kilometer) journey.
A team of conservationists works on a sedated black rhino.
Rhino on the Ground
Poachers target the rhinos for their horns, which bring a high price on the black market.
In the 1990s, the population of wild black rhinos was only about 2,000 individuals strong. This crisis situation has triggered efforts to relocate individuals to safe habitat, expanding their range. The hope is that the animals will breed quickly in their new homes.
Clearing the Trees
A rhino takes flight.
Up, Up and Away
The WWF rhino project has relocated almost 120 individuals since 2003.