BLANTYRE – Seventeen black rhinos have been launched into Malawi’s Liwonde nationwide park after arriving from South Africa as part of conservation efforts aimed towards preserving the native inhabitants of the endangered species healthful and guarded.
By shifting the beasts, is one among many best worldwide relocations of its selection, conservationists hope to verify wild black rhinos keep genetically quite a few to raised fight off sickness.
Peter Fearnhead, Chief Executive of African Parks, a private conservation perception that runs sports activities reserves in Malawi, said the relocation moreover mirrored native efforts to take care of rhinos and completely different wild animals protected. Anti-poaching measures in Malawi have included deploying British troops to patrol the reserves.
“Extensive measures to protect these animals include aerial surveillance, daily ranger patrols, and the integration of the most advanced technology to enable live-time tracking,” Fearnhead said.
“With fewer than 5,500 black rhinos remaining in the wild, translocations to well-protected areas are essential for their long-term survival.”
The first translocation of two rhinos from South Africa’s Kruger National Park occurred in 1992. The new change was organized by wildlife departments throughout the two worldwide areas and WWF South Africa.
The 17 rhinos have been captured in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and quarantined for six weeks at Imfolozi Game Reserve, after which they’ve been flown from King Shaka airport in Durban to Lilongwe in Malawi.
Britain’s Prince Harry has been involved in conservation efforts at Liwonde, which lies in Eastern Southern Malawi on the banks of the Shire River.
“This is a great boost to the endangered rhino species, hunted down for its horn,” said Brighton Kumchedwa, director of parks and wildlife in Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources.
“For the South African government to release the 17 is a sign of confidence in Malawi’s concerted efforts to greatly improve wildlife security.”