DNA research involved inserting microchips into the rhino’s horns and body and extracting various DNA samples. These are sent to Onderstepoort to keep on record. The ears are notched for identification purposes and to further enable the team of volunteers to identify and monitor the rhinos on the reserve. The DNA extraction allows for tracing a particular horn to a particular animal especially in the case of poaching. It is called the RhODIS project (Rhino DNA index system). The goal is for all rhinos to be on the system which will hopefully deter poachers and assist in forensic prosecutions.
This day was witnessed not only by the Shamwari team but also representatives from VW and theWilderness Foundation, both of which Shamwari Group works closely with. To date the Shamwari Group, in conjunction with their guests, have raised over a staggering R8 million for the Wilderness Foundation's Forever Wild Campaign that aims to help save and protect the rhino. Long may the partnership and fundraising continue.