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Eight black rhinos die after move to new park

By T.K. Randall
July 15, 2018 · Comment icon 15 comments

There are only around 5,500 black rhinos left on Earth. Image Credit: GNU 1.2 Ikiwaner
The critically endangered rhinos had been living in a new sanctuary in southern Kenya when the disaster occurred.
A total of fourteen black rhinos had been moved from the Nairobi and Lake Nakuru national parks to Tsavo East national park as part of an operation carried out in collaboration with WWF Kenya.

The goal was to increase the country's overall number of black rhinos by creating new populations in suitable areas, however disaster struck when eight of the new arrivals unexpectedly wound up dead.

It is believed that the rhinos had succumbed to poisoning due to the higher salt content in the water.
Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu described the incident as "a complete disaster".

An investigation has since been launched in an effort to find out how this could have happened.

"The eight dead rhinos were among those that had been moved to the sanctuary in an initiative to start a new population in line with the National Rhino Conservation and Management Strategy," the Kenyan Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said in a statement.

"This kind of mortality rate is unprecedented in Kenya Wildlife Service operations."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by DirtyDocMartens 6 years ago
The article says that all black rhinos are in Africa. I know for a fact there are some at the Fort Worth Zoo, because I literally have put my finger on one. Maybe they mean in wild? BTW, a rhino feels like a rough granite wall that gives slightly when you press against it. Cool, huh?
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Agreed.  If this was the only water available and the Rhinos were thirsty enough, they will drink the water.  You would too even though you know better.  Extreme thirst throws logic right out the window as does extreme hunger.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 6 years ago
Absolutely. Water is water when you're a thirsty animal. However, those managing the relocation should have known better. Given the value of these animals, every precaution should have been taken ensure their long-term survival.
Comment icon #9 Posted by The Caspian Hare 6 years ago
But there were already rhinos a the place they were being transported to. So there is something else going on I think. Were they not hydrated enough in transport?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Katniss 6 years ago
Such a tragedy and wasteful.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Still Waters 6 years ago
9 dead now.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by Katniss 6 years ago
Lord! It just keeps getting worse.
Comment icon #13 Posted by openozy 6 years ago
I imagine some heads are going to roll if they find out it was a malicious act.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Katniss 6 years ago
I hope not. That's unforgivable.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Still Waters 6 years ago
10 dead now.  


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