17 black rhinos arrive in Malawi parks from South Africa

African Parks has successfully released 17 black rhinos into Liwonde National Park, marking one of the largest international black rhino translocation to date.

One of the rhinos
Translocation exercise of the rhinos

Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Binton Kutsaira witnessed the arrival of the endangered black rhinos from South Africa and the subsequent release into the Liwonde National Park.

Peter Fearnhead, chief executive officer for African Parks said the translocation was carried out in conjunction with WWF South Africa, Malawi’s department of National Parks and Wildlife and Ezemveko KZN Wildlife.

“Our shared vision is to bolster Malawi’s existing rhino population and to support regional efforts to conserve this critically endangered species,” said Fearnhead.

He said the rhinos were quarantined in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa for six weeks before being flown to Lilongwe on Wednesday.

“We are moving two of Liwonde’s existing rhinos to Majete Wildlife Reserve today, as well as moving another rhino from Majete to Liwonde, all in an effort to improve genetic diversity in these two parks and create a healthy population of rhinos for Malawi,” he said.

Fearnhead said Safari Parks has put in place robust measures to protect the animals which include aerial surveillance, daily ranger patrols and the integration of the most advanced technology to enable their live-time tracking.

He said each rhino has been fitted with a new GPS sensor device provided by Smart Parks, allowing Safari Parks teams to accurately monitor the rhino activity and location 24 hours a day.



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4 years ago

My other reason to go to Majete again. I greatly enjoyed my visit last summer. And Thawale Lodge was just awesome!!!

4 years ago

The chineseee will kill all or extract Ivory as they have done to our elephants. Anthu oyipa kwambii. Most elephants no tusks. Why we give mphamvu kwa azungu I don’t know

4 years ago

kkkk and dzana anacotsa njobvu.
zikutani kodi

4 years ago

Great news

4 years ago
Reply to  Zangaphee

Without azungu (African parks) would we have any animals left? mmesa malawians are good at pouching basi. kudya kudya kudya basi. i don’t feel like azungu are superior over us black people(malawians) but when these guys are doing something good we must appreciate. akalakwaso adzudzulidwe. I lived in liwonde in 1993 and 1994, that place was a paladise. there were animals of all kinds, birds. pa bridge paja(pa barrage paja) pankakhala mvuwu around 30 or 40 every single moment zikusambira. it was beutiful. over time liowonde lost all that due to continuous abuse of natural resources. until antil african parks… Read more »

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