North West to donate rhinos to Botswana

2014-02-19 16:51

A donation of 14 black rhinos to Botswana has been approved by the North West executive council (Exco), says Premier Thandi Modise’s office.

Spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said eight rhino cows and six bulls would be sent to Botswana to help expand the rhino population there.

Once the Botswana population had been stabilised, half of the offspring from the South African rhinos would be returned to the North West.

“In line with the agreement endorsed by Exco and the department of water and environmental affairs, all capture and translocation costs of the rhinos – estimated to be about R1 million – would be borne by the ministry of environment wildlife and tourism of the Republic of Botswana,” said Kgwele.

In a similar initiative, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust in Botswana had previously received a joint donation of 13 white rhinos from the North West Parks and Tourism Board and the South African National Parks Board.

The 13 rhinos had been breeding and the number had now grown to 48. Half the offspring now belonged to the North West government.

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