One in seven Kruger rhinos has bovine TB, but no symptoms show
New test will aid surveillance before vulnerable rhinos can be translocated
A ground-breaking study in the Kruger National Park has revealed that one in seven rhinos there has bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
According to a statement from Stellenbosch University, this is the largest study of its kind on a free-ranging population of rhinos and was based on samples from 437 rhinos.
According to researcher Michele Miller, the presence of infection does not mean the animals are diseased or dying, but the study is a crucial component in the effective conservation of these already vulnerable animals...