30 Endangered South African White Rhinos flown to Rwanda

30 Endangered South African White Rhinos flown to Rwanda

About 30 endangered white rhinos arrived in Rwanda from South Africa. According to Al Jazeera, the rhino was transferred using a Boeing 747.

Ummatimes - Conservationists call this activity the largest single (rhino) transfer ever undertaken. white rhinos, which weighs up to two tons, traveled about 3,400 kilometers from South Africa's Phinda Private Game Reserve.

This is a program to repopulate a special population that has been devastated by hunting since the 1970s.

The rhinos embark on a 40-hour journey to their new home in Akagera National Park, Eastern Rwanda.

African Parks, a charity led by Prince Harry, said the removal of the 30 rhinos would require months of preparation.

"We have to calm them down to reduce stress, which is also a risk, and always monitor them," said African Park CEO Peter Fearnhead.

The animals were transported on a chartered Boeing 747 and housed in two grassy cages – each the size of a football stadium.

Authorities said the rhinos would later be allowed to roam the vast park.

"This will provide an opportunity for them to grow up in the safe environment of South Africa where three people are killed per day by poachers," said the park's regional manager Jes Gruner.

The transfer of wildlife is not without risks.

In 2018, four of the six relocated black rhinos died a few months after arriving in Chad.

The southern white rhino, one of two subspecies of the white rhino, is now considered critically endangered with about 20,000 individuals remaining, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

It is classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The northern white rhino has disappeared, with only two surviving females.

Scientists seek to save the species from extinction by harvesting eggs from the younger of the two animals, Fatu, and using sperm from two deceased males to create embryos in an unprecedented breeding program, which is their last chance to survive.