Rhinos thrive after trip into the wild
- By Greg Rose -
- Sep 06, 2012
Three rhinos Virgin Unite helped translocate from Kent to Africa are thriving in their new habitat.
The Aspinall Foundation successfully translocated three black rhinos named Grumeti and Zawadi and Monduli to Mkomazi National Park.
Kyra Walsh, Port Lympne Rhino Keeper, has visited northern Tanzania and blogged on the progress the rhinos have made since arriving in Africa.
“When I arrived, I almost didn’t recognise them as their skin had taken on a lovely shade of orangey African dust,” she said.
“All three rhinos were still sleeping in their individual bomas during the night, and the past week had been spent getting them comfortable with going outside and encountering African bush for the first time.”
Kyra went on to explain how the rhinos are now “browsing side by side and sleeping in the shade”, and the “the rangers have even seen the three laying together”.
“After 4 weeks since leaving the UK, these rhinos now truly live in the wild,” she concluded.
Richard Branson also blogged on the translocation, calling it “fantastic for everyone who cares about the conservation of this beautiful species”.
Head over to the Aspinall Foundation and Virgin Unite to find out more, and look out for an rhino conservation infographic coming soon.