Rhino Chipping Experience
To assist with the rhino poaching epidemic in Africa, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is darting and microchipping their rhino population.
Guests at Kings Camp are invited to participate in locating and darting the rhino and assisting with tasks such as keeping the rhino cool and checking its temperature. An expert wildlife vet will be on hand to explain the process throughout and offer opportunities to take photographs with the endangered animal.
We are fighting an ongoing battle and the darting of the rhinos, which includes implanting micro-chips in the horn, ear notching and collecting data, is a part of ongoing efforts to build a national DNA database of all South Africa’s rhinos.
It’s all about gathering enough information about each creature to potentially build watertight cases against criminals, should these animals be targeted. Any horns recovered by police in future would then be analyzed by forensic laboratories, and then matched against the growing national database.
This is not an income producing project for the reserve, but a genuine conservation project where the goal is to give back to nature by chipping as many rhinos as possible.
This activity needs to be booked and planned in advance, and is subject to availability.
The Rhino Chipping Experiences take place in the cooler months – between May and September.