Over the next two years, more than 40 rhinos will be roaming free once again in Mozambique four decades after being declared locally extinct, a positive move for the endangered species.
The first black and white rhinos traveled some 1,610 km from South Africa to Mozambique’s Zinave National Park where 2,300 other reintroduced animals are thriving within the 400,000-hectare area.
“Rhinos are important to the ecosystem, which is one of the reasons why we’re moving them all this distance and doing all this effort to get them there,” explains Kester Vickery, a conservationist who is supervising the rhino translocation.
Over the next two years, more than 40 rhinos will make the trip. Supervised by the Peace Parks Foundation, this relocation initiative is part of a campaign to save endangered species by bringing them to safe havens where they can increase their population.