By Peter Morrison
September 14, 2001
Eight (2 males & 6 females) more southern white rhino recently
arrived in the United States from South Africa as part of the cooperative
program between the South African National Parks (SANP) and the
Southern White Rhino SSP and the Australasian ASMP for conservation
of this subspecies of rhino.
This program entails two major components: funds from the zoos
for support of in situ rhino conservation in South Africa; additional
founders to reinforce the captive populations as part of the conservation
strategy by providing an ultimate back-up to efforts to conserve
the species in the wild.
Over the last 4 years, US$ 800,000 has been provided to in situ
rhino conservation and a total of 24 southern white rhino have moved
to the United States for the SSP and another 19 have moved or are
moving to Australasia (Australia and New Zealand) under this program.
The International Rhino Foundation has facilitated this program.
The transport of the rhinos to the United States was coordinated
by Mike Foley of Global Animal Transport. http://www.rhinos-irf.org.
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