In this week’s news wrap two black rhino carcasses have been discovered in Zakouma National Park; eight suspected rhino poachers were arrested during counter poaching operations inside the Kruger National Park; Uganda gets three new gorilla trekking groups after successful habituation; and a young elephant has been rescued and reunited with its family after it was caught in a wire snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi.
Two black rhino carcasses discovered in Zakouma (full story: AG News Desk)
The Governments of South Africa, Republic of Chad, African Parks and SANParks confirm that two black rhino carcasses have been discovered in Zakouma National Park in Chad.
The rhino were among a group of six black rhino translocated to Chad from South Africa in May 2018 to bring the species back to Zakouma National Park after almost a 50-year absence.
The rhinos had been held in bomas in the national park for two months after their arrival in Chad on 4 May, before being released into a temporary sanctuary for another two months to enable their acclimatisation to the environment. In late August, the sanctuary fence was removed and the rhinos were free to roam the wider park where they continued to be monitored constantly. The carcasses of two of the rhino – a bull and a cow – were discovered in separate locations on 15 October 2018.
We can confirm that these two rhinos (a male and a female) were not poached, however, the exact cause of death is not yet known. A specialist Veterinarian was dispatched and is now on site in Zakouma National Park in order to conduct a postmortem that will provide more information on the cause of death and assess the situation to advise on further actions. Details of this will be made available once the cause has been confirmed… (Continue to full story here)
Eight suspected rhino poachers arrested in Kruger National Park (full story: IOL)
The South African National Parks (SANParks) said on Tuesday that eight suspected rhino poachers were arrested during counter poaching operations inside the Kruger National Park (KNP). SANParks said the arrests were made on Monday.
“During the operations three heavy calibre hunting rifles, ammunition as well as various other poaching related equipment were recovered.”
SANParks said the rhino poaching related arrests took place in three different sections of the KNP and were a joint effort by their rangers, special rangers, K9 and Air support units.
“KNP continues to experience a number of incursions and many other poaching related activities on daily basis. Our dedicated and committed anti-poaching teams, who are our ears and eyes in the bush are always out there to quickly respond. We call upon poachers to weigh the risks of getting caught and we assure them that the gap is closing in on them,” said the KNP managing executive, Glenn Phillips… (Continue to full story here)
Three new gorilla groups complete habituation program (full story: Visit Uganda)
Three gorilla groups recently completed Uganda’s gorilla habituation program, bringing the total number of groups available for trekking to 19 and the total number of daily gorilla trekking permits available to 152. The addition of these groups helps meet increased demand for gorilla trekking permits in Uganda following the tourism board’s concentrated marketing efforts in North America and Europe and the increased price of gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda.
The gorilla habituation process takes approximately two years. During this time, groups of six to eight researchers encounter the wild families on a daily basis, continuing until they become comfortable around humans. The newly habituated groups are located in the Rushaga, Nkuringo and Buhoma sections of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park… (Continue to full story here)
Young elephant rescued and reunited with its family (full story: African Parks)
A young elephant has been rescued and reunited with its family after it was caught in a wire snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi. This heartwarming photo shows the herd rushing towards the calf after the snare was safely removed. A tourist had spotted the injured elephant and alerted the park’s staff and Lilongwe Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Emergency Response Unit.
The calf was tranquillised, and the snare was removed as its family waited close by. The team on the ground was able to witness the emotional reunion with its family… (Continue to full story here).