Hooo-Hooo Volume 11 Nr 1 - Page 28

WildLife Group of the SAVA bosbrokkies Bush buzz FROM WILDLIFE VETNET: Dear Colleagues Just a word of caution on dehorning of rhino. We held a black rhino capture workshop attended by 12 wildlife vets where we dehorned 8 black rhino and demontrated anaesthesia, horn removal and in discussions it was clear that there are still a lot of problems out there with removal of rhino horn. In the past two months I had to deal with five cases of rhino that were dehorned recently 28 where I believe too much of the horn was initially removed and not enough protection was left over the growth central area for protection. In three of these cases cases the rhino had virtually very little original horn cover left over this area. The other two cases were horns that regrowed over what seemed to be a damaged germinal area. The horns are then full of cavities and quite a smelly object, The one horn could be literally be removed by hand and it is probably better as the entire horn growing process can start from fresh. The other one was removed and still had a