After success reintroducing lions, Rwandan park to restore black rhinos

The eastern black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis michaeli) is also known as the East African black rhinoceros. It is a subspecies of the black rhino. Its numbers are very low due to poaching for its horn and it is listed as critically endangered.

After a successful relocation of lions from South Africa restored that species, the African Parks organization, which manages the Akagera Park of Rwanda, is planning to import 20 Eastern Black rhinos from South Africa.

It’s a partnership with the Rwanda Development Board’s tourism and conservation department, with support from the government of the Netherlands, which has pledged to contribute Euro 200,000 to the effort.

Robert Kayinamura, first counsellor at the Rwandan embassy in The Netherlands, says the plan is to obtain 10 males and 10 females at Thaba Tholo, a game farm situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, in February of 2017.

Photo by Jan Arkesteijn via Wikipedia.

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