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The black rhino is back in Samburu

June 04, 2015

Two weeks ago, as a culmination of years of immense and ambitious effort, Lewa, the Northern Rangelands Trust and the Kenya Wildlife began to return black rhino to Samburu, a native habitat the species has been absent in close to 30 years. The rhino were released into a 21,460 acre sanctuary within the Northern Rangeland Trust's Sera Community Conservancy. 

This historic translocation has since been heralded as a game changer in Kenya's conservation efforts as  it will be the first time a community will be responsible for the protection and management of the critically endangered black rhino. However, these operations are often very complex and unfortunately 3 rhino died due to translocation-related activities. 

Since the translocation, a Kenya Wildlife Service review team consisting of Head of Rhino Programme and Head Capture vet have since assessed the status of the remaining rhino and are happy with their health and condition. The 10 animals, five female and five male, have been seen eating and drinking well. The rhino also have a team of rangers guarding and observing them 24/7.

The operation has been an overall success, and the people of Sera are happy that one of Africa's most iconic animals will no longer just be a feature in their folklore, but a visible indication of their community's commitment to protecting a native species.