32 Black Rhinos Will Fly to Tanzania

A $7 million conservation project will return 20 male and 12 female black rhinos to Tanzania over the next two years. Tanzania reportedly only has 70 rhinos left. The rhino conservation project also aims to improve and protect their habitats in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Maasai Mara National Parks. Serengeti National Park covers 5,700 square miles and is home to 200,000 zebra, but very few rhinos remain due to poaching. So far five of the black rhinos have been flown to Tanzania with batches of six at a time to come soon. The rhinos returning to Tanzania were in South Africa because they were in so much danger in their homeland from poaching during the 1960s, some of them were moved to a safer location. Flying a rhino is no easy feat, as each one can weigh 2,000 pounds.

An official for the Minister of Tourism and Natural resources Shamsha Mwangunga, remarked that the rhinos will be safe from poachers due to extra safety measures. Their current program has caught 43 poachers so far. In addition, a special unit of 23 rangers has been assembled to protect the relocated rhinos.

The Grumeti Community and Wildlife Conservation Fund is one of the partners in the rhino relocation project. In the 1960s the black rhino population there was diminished perilously to only 42. The new relocation project may be the largest ever.

The first phase of the project was to tackle the poaching problem. There would be no point of reintroducing the animals merely for them to be killed by poachers. Now that poaching has been decreased, the extremely rare animals can be kept in private areas and closely monitored. The Grumeti Fund has been involved with increasing the populations of Thomson’s gazelles, elands, and buffalo in the region. Hopefully their knowledge of stewardship gained with those victories can be applied equally successfully to the rhinos.

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Charles Yheaulon
Charles Yheaulon6 years ago

Great thanks.

Michele Wilkinson

Great news.

Teri J.
Teri Jo S7 years ago

Yeah!! It's nice to hear some good news.
Make sure Sara Palin is not allowed near Tanzania.

Judith C.
Judith C7 years ago

Good news

K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Evan R.
Past Member 7 years ago

like i said before thank god for these organizations helping bring back natures best such as these rare rhinos

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago

good news

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mariya s.
Mari S8 years ago

I applaud the people involved in saving these rhinos and allowing them to live their lives including the rest of the animals who are safe now. You do admirable and good work and i'm sure the work is far from easy. I'm thankful there are less and less poachers -- the day all poachers are abolished will undoubtedly be a great day indeed. Thank you all.

johan l.
paul l8 years ago

Here are some figures that may be of interest to a lot of people.
Thus far 42 poachers have been caught in S.Africa.124 rhinos have been killed!
Poachers are now darting rhinos from helicopters. A 29 year old Vietnamese has been sentenced to 10 years in prison when caught at O.R. Tambo international airport in Johannesburg. He had 7 rhino horns in his possession.
While poaching is at unprecedented levels, it is still below 1% of existing populations and well below annual growth figures. White rhinos increase by between 6 and 11.5% and black rhinos between 3 and 6.5%.
Of the 124 rhinos lost this year, 119 were white rhinos.
Poached rhinos constituted 0,6% of the estimated population of 19409 white rhinos and 0,3% of the estimated black rhino population of 1752.