Rwanda seeks to reintroduce black rhinos to boost tourism: official

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TRAVEL GAZETTE – Rwanda seeks to reintroduce black rhinos in its Akagera National Park so as to boost tourism, an official has said.

Telesphore Ngoga, an analyst at Rwanda Development Board, told reporters on Thursday that negotiations were underway aimed at reintroducing black rhinos in Rwanda.

“Reintroduction of Rhinos in Akagera Park will boost ecosystem of the park and as well increase the flow of tourists in the country,” he said, adding that the move could generate further employment opportunities for local communities.

The authorities expect the endangered black rhinos to return to Rwanda decades after the species was last seen in the country.

It is not Rwanda’s first attempt to reintroduce wildlife. Last year, conservation organization African Parks helped Rwanda to move seven lions from South Africa to Akagera Park.

Akagera Park, situated in the country’s Eastern province, is the only protected savanna region in Rwanda. It has seen a declining wildlife population, attributed to severe poaching, especially during the 1980s and 1990s.

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