Serengeti National Park will soon be home to 27 new black rhinos who will be relocated from South Africa. The rhinos are descendants of a group of seven animals that were moved from Tanzania to South Africa in the
Unchecked poaching in the 1960s and 1970s in Tanzania caused its east African black rhino population to nosedive from more than 1,000 to just 70 individuals. Poaching is stilla major problem in Tanzania, as evidenced by the fact that of the five 1960s to prevent the extinction of their subspecies due to poaching. In this more protected environment, the original seven bred in relative safety and their herd now boasts 50 members. rhinos from this herd moved to Serengeti National Park in 2010, only four survive; the fifth met his fate at the hands of poachers. As such, scrutiny is being given to plans to protect the 27 new park residents once they arrive. Park officials plan to utilize electronic tracking devices and aerial helicopter patrols, step up patrols in plains areas, and invoke the cooperation of local residents in villages near the park. The national park service is also considering the creation of a special rhino sanctuary within the park’s borders, though that idea has been met with some resistance.
The Serengeti Rhino Repatriation project is a collaboration between the Tanzanian government, Singita Grumeti Game Reserve of South Africa, and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.