TV highlights for Rhino Blog: 26 November to 2 December

Submitted by Rolina Vorster on Mon, 11/19/2018 - 11:32

Photo: Bonn de Bod at Onderstepoort Veterinary Hospital. Credit: Susan Scott.


Rhino Blog: Drug Trials

Friday, 30 November at 10:45 with repeats every two hours

People’s Weather (DStv 180)

Rhinos are difficult to manage without some sort of help from drugs. Vets realised that a partial anaesthetic could be applied to rhinos and they would still be able to move under their own steam. This made it invaluable for vets and nature reserve managers to dart wild rhinos and then have the ability to relocate them. The downside is that white rhinos are particularly susceptible to anaesthetic, and the Kruger National Park’s vets and scientists have been conducting ground-breaking anaesthetic trials on test subjects to lessen the risk of anaesthetics for rhinos. Over the past two years, presenter Bonné de Bod has been following these tests and she gets invited to the scientist’s most recent trial.


Photo: Bonn de Bod and Prince Harry.


Rhino Blog: K9 Killer meets Prince Harry

Saturday, 1 December at 10:53 with repeats every two hours

People’s Weather (DStv 180)

The world’s rhinos are in trouble and wildlife television presenter Bonné de Bod is on a quest to find out why and more importantly, what’s being done. De Bod has spent three years getting to know K9 Killer, the world famous and now gold medal awarded dog who works alongside his handler fighting rhino poachers.  His handler cannot be shown or named for safety and security reasons but the two have formed a bond and they both belong to the special ranger unit inside the Kruger National Park. This episode gives a unique glimpse into the work these two heroes do, and along the way we get to see Killer being awarded the PDSA Gold Medal for Bravery as well as meeting Prince Harry!

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