Hanging Rhinos in Namibia
In order to protect rhinos living in remote areas from the increasing threat of poaching, conservation scientists have taken new risks that are deemed essential to save the species.
One such risk is that has yet to be characterized is the effects of hanging anesthetized rhinos upside down during helicopter transport. This new method of moving rhinos has gained wide popularity across Africa despite the lack of understanding about the physiologic effect of this process on rhinoceros breathing and health. With the generous support of the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and its partners, including SRI and the Jiji Foundation, our group has begun exploring the physiologic effects of suspending rhinos in dorsal recumbency (positioning a rhino on its back).