Nine critically endangered black rhino were relocated from South Africa to Singita Grumeti on September 10.
This relocation was conducted by the non-profit Grumeti Fund, in partnership with the Tanzanian Wildlife Management Authority (Tawa). This is the largest movement of rhino into Tanzania, increasing the national population by almost 10%.
nine rhinos join two eastern black rhinos, which were previously
relocated to Singita Grumeti as part of an ambitious effort to save the
species from extinction.
nine animals were carefully selected by age and genetic composition,
and will be of value to the gene pool of the existing Serengeti rhino
Accompanied by four wildlife veterinarians and a rhino behaviour
specialist, the rhino were transported from South Africa to Kilimanjaro
International Airport on a chartered 747 cargo plane, followed by a
light aircraft flight to the Grumeti concession. They are now safely
housed in a secure location.
Once they’ve acclimatised to their new surroundings, all the rhino
are expected to be released into the greater Serengeti ecosystem.
Stephen Cunliffe, Executive Director of the Grumeti
Fund, says: “We strongly believe that you can’t put a price on the
survival of a species, so the Grumeti Fund will continue to fundraise,
invest and work tirelessly with our partners to see black rhino thriving
safely in the Serengeti ecosystem.”
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Source: Nomad Africa Magazine