I’ve arrived on my next project with Bundocks Game Capture team. My first day with them I was taken to the darting team who’s task was to dehorn and microchip 3 adult white rhinos and 1 baby. The rhinos had already been caught and we just had to dart them for sedation to do the tests. Dehorning is government regulated so you have to send the horns in along with the microchip numbers and hair, skin and blood samples. The rhino is then loaded into a large crate so we can transfer it to another farm to be released. This is all done to protect the rhino from poachers. The poacher will gain nothing from shooting a rhino without a horn besides a wasted bullet. If the horn gets in the wrong hands in transfer, or if the horn on the rhino grows and is then found in someone else’s possession the poacher can be caught.
The next couple of days the darting team didn’t have anything lined up so we joined the mass capture team. Instead of darting they use nets and bomas. We caught Nyala, Impala and Zebras. A boma is a big structure that starts wide and gets narrower. It has curtains that get shut once the animals pass so that they can’t turn back. The end of the boma is a loading truck were the animals are organized and given injections. It’s really dangerous because the animals are confused and can run right at you. For some of the animals we climbed in trees so that we’d be more safe.