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Zakouma National Park’s six black rhinos have been dehorned. The horns were removed and transported away from the park to a secure location in the nation’s capital.
In addition to these security and protective measures, a horn trimming regime will continue on a frequent basis going forward. The dehorning, which was part of the initial plan in caring for these rhinos in Zakouma National Park, was carried out by experienced vets who took every step to ensure that dehorning was done safely and did not cause any harm to the rhino. This step was carefully researched and planned, and studies suggest there is no long-term or social impact of dehorning, as long as all the rhinos in an area are dehorned.
There are fewer than 5,000 wild black rhinos remaining in the world today – which is the result of being heavily targeted by poachers who are killing these animals, who have been around for millions of years, simply for the illegal sale of their horns.
In a historic move, the first six black rhinos were reintroduced to Zakouma National Park in May bringing back the species after a nearly 50-year absence. Dehorning them is one of the many security measures we are taking to reduce the risk of poaching.
We have spent the last eight years making Zakouma safe for these rhinos, and all the other wildlife in the park thanks to our rangers and community-based conservation initiatives.
Together with the government of Chad, our rangers, and the surrounding communities, we are ensuring these rare black rhinos are protected and have an opportunity to breed and thrive for the benefit of future generations to come.
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