Save the Rhinos

Certain birds are discovered to help the issue of poaching rhinoceroses. They could potentially rescue rhinos from extinction.

The Red-Billed Oxpecker could be the godsend for rhinoceroses.

Juvenile oxpecker is darker brown than its parents. Its bill is dark olive at first, but gradually takes on adult coloration after four months. It is native to the savannah of sub-Saharan Africa, from the Central African Republic east to South Sudan and south to northern and eastern South Africa.

From Wikipedia

How does this Oxpecker save the lives of rhinos?

The Oxpecker is giving an early warning system to alert the rhinos of the presence of nearby poachers. The Red-Billed Oxpecker is known for riding on the backs of large mammals to feed on the parasites that cling to their fur.

The Oxpecker has better vision and senses than the rhinos. So if poachers are above the rhinos they can’t see the attackers unless the Oxpecker is there to alert them.

Q: How do you stop a rhino from charging?

A: Take away his credit card!

We think it’s so neat how animals were designed to work together for the better of both species. Defined as symbiotic relationships… we love this specific symbiotic relationship.

Are you a numbers person?

Well, field research shows theres a 40-50% reduction in sightings of rhinos when they were with Oxpeckers.

Askari wa kifaru is the Oxpecker’s Swahili name which translates to the ‘rhino’s guard’.

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