Black Rhinos reintroduced- Rwanda.
Black Rhinos reintroduced- Rwanda. Black rhinos have been relocated to Rwanda’s Akagera national park as a way of boosting Rwanda’s tourism which is the biggest foreign exchange earner. The black rhinos landed on 2nd May 2017 at Kigali international airport from South Africa. The 10 black rhinos have been relocated from Thaba Tholo Game Ranch in South Africa. Akagera national park had 50 black rhinos which extinct due to poaching. The last black rhino was sighted in 2007.
Reintroduction of rhinos in Akagera national park opens a new beginning in conservation journey according to Clare Akamanzi, Rwanda Development Board’s CEO. This comes 2 years after the reintroduction of lions in Akagera. 7 lions were relocated from South Africa and so far the park has 17 lions. The relocation effort is aimed at restoration of Akagera’s natural diversity. The country is expecting the other remaining 10 black rhinos to be relocated.
With the reintroduction of black rhinos in Akagera national park, makes it a home to the big five including elephants, lions, rhinos, leopard, and buffaloes.