September 26, 2022


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RWANDA: White rhinos released into a larger enclosure in Akagera National park

By Justin Kayiranga

The white rhinos translocated to Akagera in November 2021 have been released into a larger enclosure 7 weeks after their introduction to the park.

These 30 white rhinos, 19 females and 11 males, were introduced to Akagera National Park in Rwanda on November 29. 2021 from a private game reserve in South Africa and this was the largest single translocation of the species, according to the NGO African Parks, which helps to manage Akagera.

According to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park tweet posted on January 17.2022, it is predicted that “In the larger enclosure, the rhinos will feed themselves, find water on their own, and be able to interact with other species.”

“The time they will spend in the larger enclosures will depend on how they adapt to the new environment, their health and condition in the coming weeks, and behavior. Once the monitoring team is happy with their progress to the next stage, they will be fully released into Akagera.” Akagera park tweeted

In 2010, African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) helped re-establish Akagera National Park after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which had nearly destroyed the park. Since then, the park has been transformed into a refuge for Rwanda’s wildlife.

According to African parks organization, Akagera National Park has not had a single high-value animal poached for the past 11 years, and has become a sanctuary for other translocated species such as lions and black rhinos.


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