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Post-release ranging behaviour of hand-raised black rhinoceros, Diceros bicornis, L. in Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe with recommendations for management of introduction to the wild

G. Matipano
Koedoe | Vol 47, No 1 | a70 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v47i1.70 | © 2004 G. Matipano | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 December 2004 | Published: 18 December 2004

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G. Matipano, Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe

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Abstract

Hand-raised rhinos would preferentially settle at sites close to areas where human activity was significant. Hand-raised rhinos that attached themselves to sites of human activity tended to move less widely and to have smaller seasonal ranges than those that moved away from human settlements. These rhinos had no fear of humans and some animals would move along established roads into hostile areas outside the park. These factors made hand-raised rhinos more vulnerable to poaching than their wild counterparts. Management of hand-raised rhinos with regards to ranging behaviour is discussed in the text.

Keywords

Black rhino; Hand-raised; Ranging behaviour; Reintroduction

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