BARBERTON – Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in association with the Endangered Wildlife Trust and Kruger National Park have began a project to relocate a population of Oxpeckers from the Kruger National Park to the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.
With the biggest group of rhinos orphans in the history of the world already re-introduced back into the wild in the Intensive Protection Zone of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, the tick loads on the animals need to be controlled.
Ticks carry diseases such as Theileria that cause illness and even death in rhinos and other animals. Bringing in Oxpeckers to the area will drastically reduce the tick loads in the area as well as reduce the risk for tick-bone diseases.
Dr Gareth Tate from the Endangered Wildlife Trust as well as Cathy Dreyer from the Kruger National Park paid Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary a visit this month to finalize the needs for the Project.
“We are happy to say that all our plans are on track and we look forward to introducing the Oxpeckers to the Care for Wild Family in September this year,” said Petronel Nieuwoudt from CFW.