Rhino Horn Treatment at Singita Sabi Sand

The plight of the critically endangered rhino population is one of the more heartbreaking realities of life as custodians of over half a million acres of land in Southern and East Africa. Singita is proud to be a part of a number of projects aimed at eliminating the poaching of these majestic animals for their horns, including the Rhino Reintroduction Programme at Singita Pamushana Lodge (Zimbabwe) and the anti-poaching unit at Singita Sabi Sand (South Africa) which uses specially-trained tracker dogs to deter and catch would-be poachers.

Rhino Horn Treatment at Singita Sabi Sand

As part of these ongoing efforts, we are now participating in a horn infusion treatment programme, which was pioneered by the Rhino Rescue Project in the Sabi Sand. The horn is treated by infusing it with a compound made up of an antiparasitic drug and indelible dye that contaminates the horn and renders it useless for ornamental or medicinal use. A full DNA sample is harvested and three matching identification microchips are inserted into the horns and the animal itself.

Rhino Horn Treatment at Singita Sabi Sand

This treatment  has resulted in zero losses in areas where it has been applied, and is seen as an important intervention to deflect prospective poachers. Over 100 rhino have already been treated in the reserve and all animals in the initial treatment sample are in excellent health. Since all the products used in the treatment are biodegradable and eco-friendly, there are no long-term effects on the environment. The treatment “grows” out with the horn and so poses no long-term effect and, if a treated animal dies of natural causes, retrieval and registration of the horn is a legal requirement.

Rhino Horn Treatment at Singita Sabi Sand

Please visit the Rhino Rescue Project website for more information and FAQs on the treatment. You can also find out more about Singita’s wildlife conservation initiatives and environmental protection policies on our site.

Photographs courtesy of Singita Field Guide Dylan Brandt. 

Similar blog Posts

Rhino Conservation at Singita

Saving the Rhino: Conservation at Crisis Point

The perilous state of African and Asian rhino populations is widely considered to be the most critical conservation issue of our time. Addressing the loss of habitat and rampant poaching of this keystone species is an important part of Singita’s role as a conservation-driven operation, dedicated to protecting, maintaining and enhancing the pristine wilderness under its…

Read More
Singita Sabora Tented Camp

Solar at Sabora gets the Green Light

If you close your eyes and listen carefully, you just might hear it; the sound of absolute peace. That is what guests at Singita Sabora Tented Camp are experiencing with the recent switch to renewable energy. In 2013, Singita’s reserves in Tanzania began a new journey toward sustainable operation together with One Planet, a project…

Read More

Lodges and Camps



Latest Wildlife Report

Singita Lamai

The Mara River Tented Camp was a great place to be in the month of September, with the migration making its long journey back south. Guests were treated to some amazing sightings, wildebeest crossings being the highlight of many of these. September signifies the beginning of the early rains, which allows the burnt areas to...

Read More
View all Wildlife Reports

Videos from Singita

Latest Video

Singita Serengeti House - The Inspiration

Overlooking a well-visited waterhole on the south-eastern slopes of Sasakwa Hill, this welcoming exclusive-use retreat for families and friends is chosen for carefree private relaxation in a home-like atmosphere. This is a happy, vibrant place conducive to bonding and making precious memories in one of Africa’s most beautiful locations.

Environmental Education - Komanani
Community & Conservation
Singita Wildlife Showcase Video
A Wildlife Showcase
All Videos