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2011 Goldman Prize Winner for Africa: Raoul DuToit and the Lowveld Rhino Trust

by Portal Web Editor last modified Jan 10, 2013 07:30 AM
Contributors: US Fish & Wildlife Service-International
Rhino Conservation: By the early 1990's, only 370 black rhinos survived in Zimbabwe. With intensive anti-poaching efforts, and active translocations and interventions, the rhinos have made a phenomenal recovery in spite of Zimbabwe's current economic crisis. The population continues to grow, now numbering 430 black rhinos and 244 white rhinos.

Raoul DuToit and his team, the Lowveld Rhino Trust, deserve much of the credit for this miraculous recovery. They work tirelessly to keep tabs on rhinos and to keep them alive and well. When rhinos wander into insecure areas, they literally move them out of harm's way: darting and then driving them from high-risk areas to safer locations. With USFWS support Raoul has treated more than 100 injured rhinos per year for gunshot, snare and other wounds, and returned them to the wild.
 
Video

A short video about Raoul's project and his achievements is now posted on
the
Goldman Prize website
 

For more information contact:

Michelle Gadd, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Africa Programs
Division of International Conservation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, ARLSQ 100c
Arlington, VA 22203-1622
USA

 

 

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