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Intensive production of black rhinoceroses

5 June 2015

 

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Black rhinoceroses can be produced intensively because they adapt well to living in bomas and larger camps. However, the objective should always be to release them eventually into a larger area where they can be free-ranging. Because of their high value and the threat of poaching, the black rhinoceros will require excellent management and security. Successful management includes regular monitoring of the size of the population, the reproductive success of each adult cow, the age and sex structure of the population and the occurrence and causes of any mortalities. In captivity the diet of a black rhinoceros should also be monitored carefully, and especial care should be taken to prevent a black rhinoceros from eating harmful or toxic plants.

An area should contain at least 3000 ha of suitable habitat to re-establish black rhinoceroses later. Avoid regions where heavy frost will affect the quality of the winter browse. The death of just one black rhinoceros... (Become a subscriber for more)

 


References:

Du Toit, J G 2005. The black rhinoceros. In J du P Bothma & N van Rooyen (Eds), Intensive wildlife production in southern Africa. Pretoria: Van Schaik, pp 56 - 77.

Pienaar, D J & J G du Toit 2015. The white and the black rhinoceros. In J du P Bothma & J G du Toit (Eds), Game ranch management, sixth edition. Pretoria: Van Schaik. In press.

 

article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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