IRF Funded Research
IRF funds research that is directly applicable to management, propagation, and conservation of rhinoceros species. Every 2-3 years, we request proposals targeting important research priorities.
Research priorities during our last round of funding in 2014 were: (1) the genetic health of South African rhinos; (2) improving rhino population monitoring and tracking in situ; (3) identifying and quantifying the most important factors in translocation success; and (4) investigating important factors affecting health and reproduction ex-situ in the browsing rhino species.
Our panel of 14 established scientists evaluated proposals on quality, soundness of science, feasibility, likelihood that the results will lead to progress in resolving the challenges, effectiveness of the budget, and importance to the overall effort of maintaining healthy, self-sustaining populations of rhinos.
In 2014, we awarded $203,048 in grants to the following projects:
Mike Bruford, Cardiff University
Assessing the Genetic Health of the Southern Black Rhinoceros Populations Using Genomic Tools
Mary Beth Manjerovich, Lincoln Park Zoo
Investigating Important Factors Affecting Health and Reproduction Ex Situ
Dmitri Petrov, Stanford University
Genetic Studies Relevant to Management of Black Rhinoceros Populations
Budhan Pukazhenthi, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Role of Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease Sensitivity of the Black Rhinoceros
Alan Roca, University of Illinois
Developing Effective Markers for Censusing of Sumatran and Javan Rhinos by Local Researchers
For more resources, please visit Rhino Resource Center.