Tanzania has received nine black rhinos offered by South Africa to improve its tourism.
According to the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, who received the rhinos at the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), he said the government will make sure that the endangered rhinos will be fully protected against poachers.
Sourced from South Africa’s Thoba Tholo game reserve, they will be sheltered at Sasakwa area in the Serengeti game reserve.
Rampant poaching during the 1960s and 1970s in the Serengeti, famed for its sweeping planes and Africa’s most spectacular wildebeest migration, devastated the population of rare east African black rhinos in Tanzania.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) estimates there were only 133 left in Tanzania by 2015.
In 2016, Tanzania launched a fight against poaching.
By July this year, it was revealed by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House in Dar es Salaam that the campaign had already registered some success since elephant populations have increased from 43,330 in 2014 to over 60,000 presently.
The number of rhinos had also increased from just 15 to 167 over the past four years.