It is saddened to announced that Zambezi, a male black rhino from Port Lympne Reserve in the UK has died in a transit to what would have become his new home in Tanzania.
Zambezi reportedly died while onboard a plane that was traveling from Kent to Tanzania.
Zambezi was accompanied by a team from the Grumeti Fund Reserve, alongside one of his dedicated Keepers and a vet from Africa, experienced in the movement of rhinos and other large animals.
The Chairman of The Aspinall Foundation, Damian Aspinall said: “Sadly Zambezi passed away on the plane on his way to the Grumeti Reserve in Tanzania. Like everyone at The Aspinall Foundation, I am shocked and devastated by the loss. We do not yet know what caused his death, but we will, of course, carry out every examination and enquiry possible to see if there are lessons to be learned.”
The relocation effort was in partnership with the Grumeti Fund and the Tanzanian government, as part of a program to repopulate the Serengeti with black rhino.