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SOS Rhino : In the News : Zambia gets 10 black rhino from S. Africa

Zambia gets 10 black rhino from S. Africa

  South Africa has given Zambia 10 black rhino recently to help the country restock the rare animals after their long extinction locally due to poaching, a wildlife official told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Gershom Chilukusha, director of the Zambia Wildlife Authority ( ZAWA), said the newly imported rhino were flown to the country in two batches on June 4 and 6 respectively.

All the 10 rhino are kept in the North Luangwa National Park in the country's Eastern province, bringing the total number of the animals there to 16, Chilukusha said.

Zambia imported five black rhino a few years ago after they were wiped out locally and one of them has since given birth.

The donation of the black rhino, actually grey in color contrary to the name, is part of a broader plan by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to restock endangered animals and Zambia was identified as a beneficiary from this project.

In 1970s, there were about 65,000 black rhino in Africa but the number dropped quickly to only 2,400 in the mid-1990s due to the rampant poaching for their precious horns as decoration or medicine.

After years of efforts in restocking the species of animals, the population of black rhino was brought up to about 3,600 currently. However, conservationists say they are still facing many threats of extinction.

Source: Xinhua

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