Zimbabwe through the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) is set to donate a total of 10 white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to enhance the rhino regional conservation programme.
The translocation of the 10 white rhinos which is being done in accordance with local and international wildlife translocation protocols in particular the African Rhino Conservation Plan is meant to among other things expand the regional rhino range area.
Zimparks Public Relations Manager, Mr Tinashe Farawo highlighted that the country is proud to have recorded successes in rhino conservation, adding that the donation is a deliberate effort to enhance the security and genetic proliferation of the species at the regional level.
“Zimbabwe is one of the important rhino range countries in the world and has seen steady population growth. This donation is meant to enhance the rhino regional conservation programme,” he said.
According to Zimparks, a management and scientific assessment of the security and law enforcement status as well as potential biological proliferation of the rhinos was done to inform the translocation requirements.
The 10 rhinos are being translocated from three different sources namely: Lake Chivero Park, Kyle Recreation Park and Matopos National Park.
Rhinos at Lake Chivero and Kyle have reached near ecological carrying capacity and the translocation is part of the destocking in line with approved national conservation strategy.