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Blood and semen collection of black rhinos

 


Project: An on-going study that is building a baseline of information on serum blood values across seasonal and physiological variations.

Location:
Milwaukee County Zoo 

Species:
Southern Black Rhinoceros, (Diceros bicornis minor)
Barley, female
Brewster, male

Methods Employed:

Target training, Blood collection via syringe from lower front leg, Semen collection

Comments:

Keepers have trained these wild-caught rhinos to come up to the side of the cage and let them insert a needle to collect blood. They take about 10cc (about as much as a test-tube worth). Health and reproduction parameters of these animals have been analyzed.

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