Rhinos are extremely endangered animals. It’s estimated that there are only about 30,000 left in the wild, and in Africa, every 7 hours, a rhino is killed by poachers for its horn. Relocating rhinos to a safer location could be an important step in saving the species, and that’s where Operation Rhino Drop comes in.
The plan is to airlift 100 rhinos out of South Africa and relocate them to new, secret locations where they will be safe from poachers. The rhinos will be darted, captured and moved to their new locations. Watch the footage here– yes, rhinos are actually suspended from planes!
No cause for alarm, though. Researchers have studied rhinos to determine the best ways to provide medical support to these animals while they’re anesthetized, so rest assured, quite a bit of preparation has gone into this process.
Unfortunately, rhinos are being poached faster than they can reproduce, so the population is dwindling quickly. It’s time to pull out all the stops, and Operation Rhino Drop could make a big difference. Read more about it here.