In the wake of the mass slaughter of rhinos in 2011, Inverdoorn stepped up security with 24-hour-patrols on foot, by vehicle and helicopter, sparing no expense to protect their animals. To date these measures have spared Inverdoorn the senseless loss of their rhinos to this epidemic of greed.
However, just days after South African National Parks reported that 405 rhinos [Source: http://bit.ly/vIJ5HC] had been poached in 2011; two more rhinos were attacked at a nearby game reserve. It was chillingly clear that Inverdoorn would be next. All the signs that Inverdoorn was being targeted were there.
So in a desperate, and some might argue controversial, attempt to deter would-be poachers Inverdoorn took immediate and drastic action by injecting the horns of their male and female adult rhinos and calf with a barium-laced non-lethal dye, effectively rendering the horn bitter and therefore extremely unpalatable to humans. Furthermore, it would make it incredibly difficult to smuggle a horn through a standard airport scanner as the barium solution makes it immediately detectable on x-ray.
When compared to the trauma and pain the animal endures when the horn is cut off (in an attempt to save its life), the process of darting, capturing and then injecting the dye is considerably less traumatic. As the dye stains only the inner core of the horn, the beauty and dignity of the animal is preserved. The substance poses no threat to the health of the animal and the procedure is quick and painless thus significantly reducing any stress to the animal.
Inverdoorn will add their voice to the plight of the rhino in South Africa by creating awareness of the action Inverdoorn took to protect their rhinos with regular updates on the welfare of these animals and related articles. We hope you will join us in this campaign.