Rhino Identification Marking With DataDots16 July 2012
This was a trial at Rietvlei nature reserve on two rhinos with a view to do another thirty in the short term. Tracking devices monitor their normal movements and send a distress signal if these movements are deviated from. The DataDots serve as another layer of security for quick identification or as final identification if the rhino is poached and the tracking device removed. DNA testing can take up to 3 months so the microdots are a much more effective way of identifying the horn.
The two rhinos were first darted and their horns were then each drilled with 90mm holes. 3 000 microdots were put into each hole which was then closed off with the monitoring device. Both animals walked off 100%.Back to News