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Rwanda: Last Akagera National Park Rhino Dies

  The New Times (Kigali)
July 26, 2006 Posted to the web July 27, 200

Our Reporter Kigali
The last Black Rhinocerous, Diceros Bicornis Michaeli, was recently found dead in Akagera National Park. According to a release by the National Tourism Office (ORTPN) signed by the Director General Rosette Chantal Rugamba,

field staff reported the Rhino's death in the Kirara Plain, after which a team of officials was sent to the 'death spot'. 'In September 2003, an operation to search and locate the black rhino in Akagera National Park was carried out. The single remaining female black rhino was successfully identified, immobilized and equipped with a radio transmitter in order to help in her regular tracking for monitoring purposes', the ORTPN release states in part, adding that investigations to establish the cause of its death were underway.

However, while lamenting the death of the Rhino, Rugamba said that efforts aimed at restocking the Akagera National Park with Rhinos was underway.

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