Five Rhinos expected to land in Rwanda either tonight or wee hours of Monday
Written by: Administrator
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019, 14:39
Five rhinos donated to Rwanda from Europe as part EAZA Ex-situ Programme will arrive Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda tonight or in the wee hours of Monday.
Rwanda Development Board (RDB) official who spoke to The Light Magazine on conditions of unanimity said that the five Rhinos had already left the Czech Republic and are expected to arrive late today or one o’clock tomorrow.
“Five rhinos are on flight to Rwanda and they have left Czech Republic, we expect them today late or tomorrow at 1am,”the source said today.
On May2, 2017 Rwanda started repopulating her wildlife with the big five including the eastern black rhinos that had been extinct in the country for ten years. Then, some 18 eastern black rhinos were relocated from South Africa to Akagera National Park. This Park is managed by African Parks in partnership with the Rwandan goverment.
Earlier today, the Chief Executive Officer of the RDB, Claire Akamanzi told media that the rhinos will enhance the natural ecosystem in Akagera National Park which is home to the big Five – elephants, lions, buffalos and rhinos – adding that poaching was non-existent in Rwanda.
“The translocation of five rhinos from European zoos to Rwanda will further enhance the natural ecosystem in Akagera National Park,” said Akamanzi. “Today, poaching is almost non-existent in our four national parks, and we are confident that these rhinos will thrive in their natural habitat. They are a positive addition to Akagera, a park where tourists can now visit to see the African Big Five.”
Akagera National park was home to more than 50 black rhinos back in the 1970s. The pressure of wide-scale poaching led to their numbers to decline. The last confirmed sighting of the rhinos was in 2007.
The park, which is a protected savannah habitat in Rwanda, has undergone a remarkable transformation since African Parks assumed management in 2010 in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board