Damaris Coralie Riedner
Southern white rhinoceros are in severe need of conservation management to secure their long-term survival. The main threats are poaching and habitat fragmentation, resulting in small and isolated populations. Consequently, the risk of inbreeding increases, impacting this species' already low genetic variability.
I am investigating whether rhinoceros can avoid inbreeding through kin recognition or dispersal by applying genetics, bioacoustics and network analysis. Improving our sparse knowledge of mate choice and inbreeding avoidance in white rhinoceros is essential to maintain sustainable populations of this flagship species.