After being paired together, Ella was moved to her new accommodation. Given the nature of the work, Eric and Ella spend the majority of their time together, but when she is not working she is given free roam of her own run area and sleeping quarters where she enjoys to crash out after a hard day’s work.
“Every morning I check Ella’s temperature, gum colour and heart rate to make sure she is up to the day’s work”, Eric explains.
Alongside Ella’s normal daily routine, she also has to encounter some weird and wonderful things so that she is prepared for anything...
“The work we do is tough and I ask a lot of Ella. We regularly do long treks and often over difficult terrain in harsh conditions so it is vital she remains in perfect health to be able to cope with the task at hand.
Spending so much time with Ella, I trust that she would let me know if she wasn’t feeling quite herself.”
This project represents a partnership between Wilderness Foundation Africa, Medivet Saving the Rhino and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, in support of rhino protection as part of the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative.