Tanzania plans to reintroduce rhinos in Mikumi national park

By March 11, 2021Anti-poaching, Tourism

Black Rhinos in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Xinhua, Xinhua | March 8, 2021

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Tanzanian authorities on Monday directed the Mikumi National Park in Morogoro region to reintroduce rhinos in the park to enable tourists to have a wider choice of animals to watch.

Damas Ndumbaro, the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, said the Mikumi National Park once boasted of rhinos but the animals were wiped out by poachers in the 1980s.

“It is high time the national park reintroduced rhinos to enable tourists to have a wider choice of animals to watch,” Ndumbaro told a management meeting of the Mikumi National Park.

He said the government has succeeded in controlling poaching in the country by about 90 percent and it is now possible to reintroduce rhinos in the national park that will join other animals, including lions, elephants, buffalo and leopards.

However, the minister said security should be beefed up after the reintroduction of the rhinos in order to protect them.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania has some 190 rhinos.

Tanzania had 10,000 rhinos in the 1970s and the number declined to 65 in the 1990s and went up again to 161 in 2018 and 190 in 2020.

The sharp decline in the population of rhinos in the country is attributed to massive poaching.