Posted by The Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday, June 1, 2020 15:06:49 When do rangers get to take 3D pictures of their rhinos?
When they have the right gear.
In a bid to keep the animals safe, the Department of Conservation (DOC) has launched an initiative in which the department has purchased and donated 3D cameras for the purpose of capturing rhino fashion.
The cameras are being used to train a team of professional photographers to take their photographs, in order to determine whether rhinos can actually be seen in clothing.
The rhinos will then be photographed wearing the clothes, in hopes that the footage will be used to help the rhino rehabilitation programme run successfully.
The plan has already paid off with the department having obtained more than 100 cameras for use by the staff.
Rhinos are highly sensitive animals, so they need to be kept in good condition in order for them to survive.
They have to be protected from sun, wind and other harmful animals and are protected against predation by other animals such as foxes, leopards and wolves.
In addition, the rhinos need to have their clothing carefully cleaned before being put into clothing.
“If we have any doubt that these rhinos are in good shape, we’ll take pictures,” said DOC’s Deputy Director of Rhino Conservation, Steve Pinder.
“This will help us better understand their behaviour and the way they cope with environmental stresses and challenges.”
The cameras will be equipped with digital video recording and will be able to record footage in 1080p and 60fps resolution.
“We have some very exciting news,” said Pinder, when asked how many cameras would be purchased and how many rhinos would be photographed.
“I can tell you the number is not one hundred.
It’s more than that.”
The rhino wear clothing designed for them in a fashion that is tailored to their body shape.
The clothing is then then washed in cold water and then dry in a cool environment.
It is also tested to ensure it meets DOC’s requirements for a natural colour and a good fit.
A new camera for the rhinoceros programme will be purchased for the same time period.
The department will also be buying new cameras for other wildlife management projects in the region.
“There are a lot of wildlife management programmes in NSW that are based around the rhinal horn,” Pinder said.
The camera purchase was funded by the Department’s Wildlife Conservation and Management Services (WCMS) programme and the Rhino Conservation and Research Fund.”
The rhino horn is a really valuable commodity in the bush and that’s why we’ve been able to make a deal with the Department for the purchase of new cameras.”
The camera purchase was funded by the Department’s Wildlife Conservation and Management Services (WCMS) programme and the Rhino Conservation and Research Fund.