The riverine rabbit

is considered to be one of the rarest and most endangered mammals.

The rare animals are endemic to the Karoo and have specialized in a very specific habitat, which, as expected, is very limited in a desert region: the discontinuous riparian vegetation and the seasonally flooded marginal zones along the rivers.

To the distribution area

To determine, the work initially consisted of intensive field research.

With the help of camera traps and in cooperation with the landowners, an inventory was carried out, which previously required detailed information from the local farmers. Over time, four protection zones (so-called Riverine Rabbit Conservancies) were established, which encompass around 360,000 hectares of farmland on which the riverine rabbit lives.

in these areas

highly isolated and endangered habitat fragments are identified and rehabilitated (habitat management).

The education of the population has also raised awareness of the uniqueness and the threat to the riverine rabbit, and continues to be a crucial component of the protective measures.

Jessie, the border collie

In order to be able to find further isolated populations of riverine rabbits better

there is a new employee in the project team: Jessie. The bitch was specially trained to sniff out riverine rabbits. It can show whether riverine rabbits occur in an area or not. This allows the project team to take appropriate protective measures.

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