Endangered white rhinos transferred to Rwanda
Thirty white rhinos have been introduced in Rwanda's Akagera National Park from South Africa, to create a secure new breeding stronghold for them, officials have said.
The 3 400km relocation from Phinda Private Game Reserve is the largest operation of its kind in history, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) said in a statement.
“This is timely for the conservation of these incredibly threatened species,” Ariella Kageruka, RDB chief tourism officer, told journalists on Monday.
A dedicated team will monitor the rhinos daily and a specialist veterinarian will oversee their acclimation, RDB announced.
With Rwanda’s ambitions to become a major tourism destination, Akagera National Park in the eastern region saw the reintroduction of lions in 2015 and black rhinos in 2017 and 2019.