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.