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SOS Rhino : Research, Projects and Grants : Grants 2000 : Black Rhino Condition Assessment

 

“Black Rhino Condition Assessment Protocol for Use in Captive Breeding Institutes.”

 

RESEARCHERS:

Keryn Adcock  
   
   


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Kwa\Zulu Natal
SOUTH AFRICA


PROJECT SUMMARY:

Black rhino continue to suffer from poor health and high mortality under intensive management. Nutrition and stress have been identified as likely major factors in these disorders. Body condition scores, typically developed for broad assessment of domestic animal health, have recently been refined for field evaluation of the black rhinoceros (Reuter and Adcock 1998, Reuter and Horspool 1996).
Field-based nutritional, physiological, and health data are currently being used to provide standard normal evaluation criteria for intensively-managed rhinoceros populations. Hence, adaptation and/or standardization of field body condition scores may provide a valuable tool for comparative assessment of zoo rhino populations and individuals, which could be routinely incorporated into their husbandry and management protocols.
   


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