Ella’s work regularly brings new challenges and this week was no different. Whilst on patrol Ella came across an unexpected visitor in the form of a puff adder, an extremely cytotoxic snake with one bite often proving fatal to our canine companions. Averaging at around 1m in length you’d be surprised how easily these snakes are able to hide in the grass making a bite a very real threat for Ella. The puffadder is arguably one of the fastest striking snakes in the world. Some sources quote 0.25 seconds, almost too fast to visibly appreciate.
It is not just puff adders that Ella has to worry about. With between 130 and 160 different snake species in South Africa there is no doubt that this will become a regular concern, particularly as the summer months are approaching.
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.