Zim rhino airlifted to Botswana

2015-06-12 17:50
Black rhino and calf. (WWF)

Black rhino and calf. (WWF)

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Cape Town - Zimbabwe is to airlift three more black rhino to Botswana within the next few days, a top conservation organisation said on Friday.

Five black rhino donated by the Malilangwe Trust were airlifted from Chiredzi in southern Zimbabwe to Botswana on Wednesday under a government-to-government agreement to boost conservation efforts, said the trust's executive director Mark Saunders.

The rhino have been "carefully selected to make sure there is no skewing in terms of sex ratios or age of our local population," Saunders confirmed.

A wildlife and veterinary team travelled with the rhinos, who will now live in the Okavango Delta.

"Malilangwe scouts and National Parks personnel were present at the [Buffalo Range] airport to bid them farewell," Saunders said.

State media reports that officials from Zimbabwe's state Parks and Wildlife Management authority have checked out the area the rhino will be living in and they believe the animals will be adequately protected.

Zimbabwe has around 500 black rhino and 300 white rhino. Five have been reported killed by poachers this year.

Read more on:    botswana  |  zimbabwe  |  conservation  |  animals

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