By Jill DANDO News
Conservationists in Mozambique are excited by the return of the rhino, an animal that became extinct locally 40 years ago.
Rhinos are endangered, following decades of habitat loss and poaching.
Conservation groups are relocating them to safe spaces where they will hopefully be able to breed and increase their population.
The Peace Parks Foundation recently captured and sedated several black and white rhinos about 1,000 miles away from Mozambique, and then transported them to the country’s Zinave National Park.
More than 2,300 other reintroduced animals live in this protected space, including elephants, and the goal is to get at least 40 more rhinos to the park within the next two years.
“Rhinos are important to the ecosystem, which is one of the reasons why we’re moving them all this distance and doing all this effort to get them there,” conservationist Kester Vickery told Reuters.
He said it’s his hope that 10 years from now, there will be a large population of rhinos living in Zinave.
Mozambique’s wildlife numbers were badly hit by a 15-year civil war that ended in 1992, and by poaching.
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