Another wildlife interaction took a turn for the worse. An eastern black rhino, part of a group of rhinos relocated from South Africa, has been involved in the death of a Hungarian ecologist.
A wildlife official says Hungarian ecologist, Krisztian Gyongyi, was killed by a rhinoceros in Rwanda's Akagera National Park while tracking animals.
Peter Fearnhead, chief executive officer of African Parks in Rwanda told The Associated Press on Thursday 8 June that Gyongyi had been instrumental in supporting the reintroduction of black rhinos into the park and had devoted his life to learning more about the animals, wanting to make a difference in the rhino community.
Gyongyi had been training rangers how to track and protect the rhinos. Being a pivotal member in the conservation of black rhinos across Africa and the world, it is a major loss for the conservation community.
At least eighteen eastern black rhinos returned to Rwanda in May 2017 from South Africa - a decade after the last such animal was sighted in the east African country. The relocation of eastern black rhinos to Rwanda included 20 of these rhinos, promising that it would be a step forward in conservation.
Save the Rhino states that the eastern black rhino has undergone critical endangerment due to poaching between 1970 and 1995 decreasing the population by 96%.
In an effort to sustain conservation of these rhinos the number has increased since, along with successful reintroduction and repopulating programmes.
More than 50 black rhinos lived in Akagera Park in the 1970s but they were hunted down by poachers until they disappeared.
Now there are only 1,000 eastern black rhinos in the wild.
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