Ten rhinos re-introduced to Akagera National Park

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Rwanda has received ten eastern black rhinos from South Africa after the last individual was documented in the country a decade ago, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) said.

The first batch of ten rhinos was re-introduced to Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda, RDB said in a statement, adding that the translocation of total 20 such rhinos is expected to be completed over the first two weeks of May.

The reintroduction is being done by the RDB and African Parks, a South Africa-based non-profit organization which manages Akagera National Park in partnership with the RDB.

Back in the 1970s, more than 50 black rhinos thrived in Akagera National Park, but the number declined under the pressure of wide-scale poaching until the last confirmed sighting of the species in 2007, according to the RDB.

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