Addo rhinos die in Chad

2018-10-24 06:00
Two black rhinos that were transported from Addo Elephant National Park to Chad in May this year died. Photo: TANYA VAN ZYL

Two black rhinos that were transported from Addo Elephant National Park to Chad in May this year died. Photo: TANYA VAN ZYL

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The rhinos were detained in Addo until they were tranquilised on May 4 for the 15-hour flight to Zakouma.

They were detained in Bomas for two months after their arrival at the park in Chad, before they were released in a temporary conservation area for another two months to adapt to their new environment.

The fence of the conservation area was lowered in August and the rhinos were free to explore the greater part of the park.

According to the statement, discussions are being held between the relevant role players to take precautions to avoid a similar incident with the remaining four animals.

Chad used to be the home of black rhinos and white rhinos, but due to poaching, the last rhino was seen in Zakouma in 1972.

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