Rhino Conservation | Natural Environment | Rockwood

Protection

At Rockwood we take an aggressive conservation stance. We do what we must, and what others can’t, to protect the natural environment from exploitation and degradation.

We utilise the latest thermal surveillance, security cameras and mobile camera traps which are monitored 24 hours a day from Rockwood’s Operation Centre. Security stations are manned round the clock by our highly-trained and well-equipped mounted rangers. Our rangers also monitor the health and behaviour of our rhino population.

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Relocation

Relocation and repopulation are important to restoring biodiversity and the continued survival of any species – when considered and executed properly. But without the transfer of necessary skills and resources as well, relocation is often unsuccessful and sometimes disastrous.

Due to expanding agricultural development and rampant poaching rhino numbers are in decline everywhere. Only when poaching and industry have been successfully halted will Rockwood consider a relocation programme to reintroduce species to safe areas.

Repopulation

Our ultimate goal is to see rhino roam free where they once did. This means working in conjunction with organisations and groups to realise our dream of seeing a healthy wild population of rhino safe from human encroachments and illegal slaughter and trade.

Rehabilitation

Currently, Rockwood relies on a nearby partner to nurse young orphaned rhino calves that come to us until they’re able to join our population. In the future Rockwood will have on-site facilities to properly care for future generations of rhino.

Research

If you’re a student and wish to conduct once-in-a-lifetime research for your Masters or PhD Rockwood’s gates are open.

At Rockwood, you will have the support of our rangers and research scientists. Plus, the use of our on- site laboratory and willing volunteers to assist with data capturing and in-field sampling. You will also be able to work with and be supervised from our conservation scientists.

Limited space is available.  Apply to become a student scientist

RESEARCH PROJECTS:

In collaboration with universities and Hemmersbach Rhino Force CryoVault, Rockwood identified specific research projects and opportunities to further rhino species prosperity. These studies include:

RHINO MILK NUTRITION

Often, poachers kill mother rhinos in front of their calf leaving them orphaned. Those lucky calves found in time are rescued and hand reared by human handlers. The benefits of rhino milk are not fully known and we’re looking at how to improve the health of these orphans and the species in general.

RHINO GENETIC PRESERVATION

In partnership with Hemmersbach Rhino Force CryoVault, their genetic experts collected valuable genetic material from healthy adult male and female rhinos at Rockwood to create a ‘frozen ark’. Watch more about the project below.