May 9, 2009

Rhino Removals

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 9:09 am

The plight of the elusive black rhino is well known, with less than 3,000 of these impressive animals left in the world today. In Kenya, despite poaching reducing numbers from an estimated 20,000 in the 1970s to less than 300in the 1980s, conservation efforts have now suceeded in boosting current numbers to 539.

As the rhino population slowly recovers, however conservationists are faced with the new challenge of finding suitable areas for them to live in. In February the Ol Pejeta Conservancy began the single biggest rhino translocation ever undertaken in East Africa .

The project aims to eventually move 34 rhinos (each equipped with its own horn – mounted transmitter to enable careful post – release monitoring) from the overcrowded Solio Rhino Sanctuary into the recently expanded Ol Pejeta Conservancy in the Likipia District, providing a firther 30,350ha of prime black rhino habitat. The translocation will also hopefully maximise rhino birth rates, with final breeding population in the parkof 79 black rhino – the largest in East Africa.

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