Wild Magazine – Autumn 2011 – Article on Dr Dave Cooper of KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife

During my initial research for my Year in the Wild project, I was commissioned by Wild Magazine to photograph and write about wildlife veterinarian Dr Dave Cooper’s work in the reserves of Umfolozi and iSimangaliso Wetland Park. I spent a week with Dr Cooper during one of the worst rhino poaching episodes in recent years. We came across four dead rhino, each one killed for their horns. For each one, Dr Cooper had to conduct a post-mortem. But it wasn’t all gloom. Dr Cooper and his team also darted and tackled a wounded giraffe which had a snare around its leg. The snare was removed and the animal lived.

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