The Zinave National Park in Mozambique welcomed its first 19 white rhinos last week after a 1,600-kilometer truck ride from South Africa.
The rhinos were reintroduced in southern Mozambique under a pioneering rewilding initiative to restore wildlife and boost the local economy.
“The return of the rhino allows for Zinave to be introduced as a new and exciting tourism destination in Mozambique,” project lead Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) head Werner Myburgh said.
According to a press release, the initiative is a joint effort by “Mozambique’s National Administration for Conservation Areas (ANAC), Peace Parks Foundation, and Exxaro Resources in support of and collaboration with the Governments of Mozambique and South Africa.”
The release also said that the arrival of the 19 rhinos was the first of a series of white and black rhino translocations.
Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi also visited Zinave to celebrate the return of the species to the park in more than four decades.
The decades-long civil war in Mozambique and the widely practiced poaching had destroyed the wildlife in the 4,000-square-kilometer haven.
Myburgh said that Zinave is the only national park in the country now to accommodate all “Big Five” African game animals – rhino, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo.
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