One of the largest and most ambitious operations to protect wildlife worldwide has begun, part of an ambitious strategy to save one of the world’s most endangered animals from extinction.
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On Monday, Zimbabwe’s National Parks Department said the first five white rhinos to leave the Masvingo National Park for the Dzivarasekwa Game Reserve have been transferred, Reuters reported. The team accompanying the rhinos left at dawn for Dzivarasekwa, also known as Mutare East, in southern Zimbabwe.
The team will transport around 30 animals, Reuters reported, and both translocations are expected to take more than 10 hours. The two organizations donating the rhinos are believed to be an international conservation group called the Save the Rhino Trust and a Zimbabwean conservation group known as the Rhino Alliance.
Zimbabwe lost 33 white rhinos to poachers in 2018, eight less than the previous year.
The last six white rhinos in Zimbabwe are in the Masvingo National Park and officials are hopeful that translocating them would help boost the black rhino population, the BBC reported.
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