Black rhinos return to Rwanda 10 years later




Rwanda (PPN) – Ten years ago, endangered eastern black rhinos disappeared. Now, about 20 of them are returning to Rwanda.

They are being moved from South Africa to the Akagera national park in eastern Rwanda, according to the non-profit group that manages protected areas for African governments.

“This extraordinary homecoming will take place over the first two weeks of May,” it said in a statement.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). reported that the eastern black rhino, one of the sub-species of the rhinoceros, is in critical danger of extinction.

“Rhinos are one of the great symbols of Africa yet they are severely threatened and are on the decline in many places across the continent due to the extremely lucrative and illegal rhino horn trade,” said African Parks boss Peter Fearnhead.

Conservationists say that there are less than 5,000 black rhino in the wild worldwide, and only 1,000 are eastern sub-species.

 

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