This is amazing news! After being extinct for over 40 years, the white rhino has returned to the wild of Mozambique, a beautiful East African nation. The country is bringing the species from South Africa to revitalize its parks and boost local tourism. Efforts to bring back these endangered animals were undertaken by a group of rangers. They captured, sedated and transported black and white rhinos from a distance of 1610 km to Zinave National Park in Mozambique. The park covers 400,000 hectares and has more than 2300 other reintroduced animals.
Werner Myburgh of the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) led the conservation group. He said: “The return of the rhino enables the launch of Zinave as a new and exciting tourism destination in Mozambique.”
Rhinos are considered important to the ecosystem and that is why they have been brought back from such a great distance. The main goal of the PPF group that carried out the operation is to relocate around 40 rhinos to Mozambique over the next two years.
Project leader Anthony Alexander further shared that the group had already brought some predators and several elephants to the park. Now it was the turn of the rhinos again. He said, “It is very exciting now to complete the presence of historical species in the park.”
Bringing rhinos back to Mozambique is an initiative that is part of a campaign aimed at saving the endangered species by relocating them to safe places. To the place where the chances of increasing their population are high.
Now authorities hope to see an increasing population of white rhinos in Zinave over the next 10 years. Mozambique’s Environment Minister Ivete Maibaze called it a historic resettlement and said the move will be beneficial for the country’s burgeoning ecotourism industry.
- What is Mozambique best known for?
Mozambique is known for its amazing wildlife and beautiful beaches.
- What language does Mozambique speak?
- What is the capital of Mozambique?
Maputo is the capital of East African Mozambique.