At this moment in time rhino conservation if of up-most importance. Sadly these gorgeous and gentle beasts are being slaughtered in their thousands every year due to a massive miss conception that their prized horn offers a range of medical benefits to man.
Due to this ever mounting pressure being placed on this already strained population, conservation efforts have ramped up hugely. Vets and conservationists are making use of a number of tactics in order to stem the tide of losses. Of course anti poaching and boots on the ground are incredibly important but the work that these vets and conservationists are doing across the country is also vastly important.
One of the ways that awareness is being created is by inviting international tourists from commercial lodges to get involved with notching, whereby the animals ears are notched in a certain pattern in order to give the animal an identity. During this process the animals also undergo a number of tests and checks and lastly the sought after horn is micro chipped in an effort to track the horn across the globe should one of these stunning animals be murdered.