Efforts Made To Save The Nearly Extinct White Rhino
December 29, 2009
Africa (ChattahBox) – Four of the last eight white rhinos known to exist have been transported from a zoo in the Czech Republic to Kenya, in a joint effort from both country’s conservationists to save the species.
The white rhinos are nearly extinct, and their time in the zoo (with two males and two females) has so far produced no luck with breeding.
But scientists hope that by moving the rhinos to a conservation in their natural habitat the need for breeding will take over and begin the process of saving the dying species.
The main transportation took place on December 19, where they were taken to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
“The trip went very well; they’re all relaxed,” Hamish Currie of the wildlife protection group Back to Africa told NPR.
“But obviously we want to get them on the road as soon as possible and reduce their stress. So the trucks are waiting now and we’re going to load two onto a truck with a crane, fasten them down and get out of here.”