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Stray rhinos back in park (Zambia)

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Tumfweko | October 22, 2019

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The Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife has secured two white rhinos that had strayed out of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in Livingstone and went as far as Kazungula district. The two female rhinos aged seven and five are Lubinda and Lucy respectively.

Ministry of Tourism and Arts Public Relations Officer, Sakabilo Kalembwe says the department made several attempts to herd them back to the park but they continued to drift further away from the park into apparent hot poaching spots in Katombora and Kazungula.

Original photo as published by Tumfweko.

Mr. Kalembwe says it was at this moment when the scale of threats of poaching and safety of the animals became more apparent that the department and other well-wishers put resources together to have the elusive rhinos safely returned to the park.

He told ZNBC News in a statement that the Wildlife Veterinary Unit of the Department was called in from Chilanga to quickly capture the rhinos and translocate them back to the park.

Mr. Kalembwe said the Unit expertly immobilized the rhinos, loaded them on a truck and transported them back into the park where they were released. He said Lubinda and Lucy have since joined the other rhinos in the park.

The Mosi Oa Tunya National Park has a total of 10 white rhinos. Mr. Kalembwe further said it is not clear why the rhinos left the park but the diminished natural food resources due to drought or climate change in the park cannot be ruled out despite the provision of supplementary food like hay and Lucerne.

Prince Harry and Meghan to visit world’s largest rhino sanctuary in SA

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Clinton Moodley, MSN Entertainment | September 21, 2019

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The royals will travel to South Africa next week, and if their schedule permits, they will visit Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary.

Prince Harry, who is an ambassador for the organisation, is passionate about saving the rhino.

Known as the largest rhino orphanage and sanctuary in the world, Care for Wild forms part of the 28,000 hectare Barberton Nature Reserve, the newest Unesco World Heritage Site in South Africa.

The organisation, founded by Petronel Nieuwoudt in 2001 in the Limpopo province, aims to provide care and rehabilitation to white and black rhinos. The centre was moved to Barberton in Mpumalanga in 2011 where she and Mark Cherry established the Care For Wild programme.

Dean Cherry of Nhongo Safaris, a company that hosts rhino experiences at the sanctuary, said Harry is set to visit the sanctuary with Meghan and their baby Archie during their visit.

“Prince Harry and his family will be visiting the sanctuary. He is very passionate about the cause, and we cannot wait to share the gripping rhino stories with the royal family,” he said.

Cherry did not reveal the exact date the royal family will visit and there was no mention of the visit on their official schedule released earlier this month.

Harry last visit to the sanctuary was in 2017.

Travellers have the opportunity to learn more about the sanctuary through a day experience hosted by Nhongo Safaris.

But, do not expect to touch these rhinos. Cherry said that there is no petting or physical interaction with the animal.

“The organisation believes in the rescue, rehabilitate and release premise. Many of these rhinos have been through significant trauma. Some youngsters, seen as threats by poachers, are beaten by pangas and other harmful objects that leave them injured.

“Due to the trauma, we try to ensure little human interaction. We feed them through the boma wall. We want these rhinos to heal from their trauma and to start a new life after their release without any fear.

“The rhinos are monitored, and the anti-poaching unit does regular patrols on horseback and specialised vehicles. Some rhinos decide to stay together in small groups while others form a herd,” he said.

Cherry said the experience was purely educational. Nhongo Safaris has built an 8 sleeper lodge where guests spend the night. Included in the itinerary is rhino safaris, where a guide will explain the different types of rhino and their current plight, and an early morning patrol with the anti-poaching unit.

Boost for endangered black rhino species as two are born in Tsavo National Park, Kenya

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Asher Omondi, Tuko | September 7, 2019

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Kenyan and international wildlife conservationists are celebrating the birth of two newborn black rhinos in Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West National Park. The identity of the new mothers was not immediately established but the game rangers were glad to share their photos with their young ones at a watering point.

Elsewhere, another female rhino named Salio is also nursing her three-day-old baby. Salio was rescued as an orphan and brought to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) partner Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphanage and later released to the wild.

International Union for Conservation and Nature listed black rhinos as endangered species with a declining population at 98 % since 1960.

Original photo as published by Tuko: New mother and her baby at a watering point. (Photo: Kenya Wildlife Service, Facebook)

In 1995, Kenya recorded 2,410 black rhinos. Despite a government ban on poaching and multi-sectoral conservation efforts, mysterious deaths have dogged rhino population in Kenya.

In 2018, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala came under fire following the death of seven rhinos with missing carcasses and horns. The government had transferred 14 of them from both Nairobi and Lake Nakuru national parks to Tsavo East National Park where they reportedly met their mysterious deaths. Kenya registered only 52 rhino births in the same year.