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Addo rhinos die in Chad

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One of the six black rhinos that was transported from Addo Elephant National Park to Chad in May this year. Photo: TANYA VAN ZYL
One of the six black rhinos that was transported from Addo Elephant National Park to Chad in May this year. Photo: TANYA VAN ZYL

TWO of the six black rhinos transported in May from the Eastern Cape to Chad to relocate the species for the first time in 46 years were found dead.

The South African government, as well as Chad, Sanparks and African Parks confirmed in a joint statement the carcasses of a rhino bull and cowhide were found in the Zakouma National Park last Monday.

“We can confirm that the two rhinos were not poached, but the cause of their death is still unknown,” said the statement.

A specialist veterinarian is currently visiting Zakouma to conduct post-mortem examinations.

The other four rhinos are still alive and under constant observation.

The group of six black rhinos was transported from the Marakele National Park in Limpopo to the Addo Elephant National Park, 70km outside of Port Elizabeth, in January.

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