How do you move a rhinoceros that weighs more than your car? According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the gold standard in rhino transportation is as follows:
- Tranquilize the rhinoceros
- Strap bungie cords to the rhino’s ankles
- Chain cords to a helicopter
- Do this.
Last year the WWF moved nineteen Black Rhinos, a critically endangered species devastated by poaching, to expand their range of presence in Africa. While the airlifts seem precarious, project director Jacques Flamand says the “new procedure is gentler on the darted rhino, because it shortens the time it has to be kept asleep with drugs, the respiration is not as compromised as it can be in a net, and it avoids the need for travel in a crate over terrible tracks.”
While we understand that the conservation of a delicate ecosystem, threatened by aggressive human exploitation, fueled by a global underground economy is probably the real story here, we’re stuck on the whole flying rhino thing. It’s pretty wild.