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Black Rhinos Back in the Serengeti

Posted in Africa: Rhinos, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 24, 2010 by kendickjerkins

The black rhino population in the Serengeti in Tanzania was decimated by poachers in the 1960s and 70s; the population crashed from around 1000 to just over 70.  However,  7 black rhinos were removed and taken to South Africa to start a breeding program, which is now up to 50, so that they could be reintroduced. 32 critically endangered East African black rhinos are set to be flown from South Africa back to their habitat in Tanzania’s Serengeti Park, and so far 5 have made it as of Friday.  The Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete warned of past events of an example of what can go wrong and pledged to not allow history to repeat itself.  A special force of law enforcement officers have been trained to help take care of these rhinos and to not let the poaching cause this species to go extinct in the Serengeti…again.

One of the black rhinos that is being transported back to it’s homeland.

The elusive Black Rhino with gray-crowned cranes flying past (Credit: Stuart Barr)

A black rhino horn and the arrested poacher who was found carrying it.

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