Dear Friends,Some good news – the five rhinoceroses that were flown 6,000 km from the Czech Republic yesterday, Sunday June 23rd, have touched down in Kigali, Rwanda and been successfully released into their bomas (wooden enclosures), within Akagera National Park. They were met at the airport by national…
The Botswana Rhino Project, managed by Martin Ives, is a partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the government of Botswana. Mr Ives was appointed National Rhino Coordinator, amazing since in 1992, there were zero black Rhinos in Botswana. Ives wondered if black Rhinos could be reintroduced much like Yellowstone’s wolves.
‘Diceros Bicornis Michaeli’ – but you can call her Eliska! She is one of 42 black rhinos raised at ZOO Dvůr Králové in the Czech Republic– and not the first to return to the wild. Once arriving in Tanzania, Eliska will join Deborah, Jamie, and Jabu – three other rhinos born and raised at the zoo before moving to Tanzania.
A newborn rhino should be up and walking within an hour after birth but will remain wobbly for a few days.
Rhino and human keeper. Young black rhino, Kitui, loves her keeper.
They are the last ones of their kind and truly fascinating: Africa’s black rhinos. (posted by Hughes Ruth in Rhinos for the Future).
Researchers found 70% of the rhino’s genetic diversity had been wiped out over the past 200 years due to hunting and loss of habitat. This means the small number left would be vulnerable to the same diseases.