Nearly 50 years after their local extinction, black rhinos will again live in the Republic of Chad in Central Africa.
In a historic move to aid in the long-term survival of this endangered and heavily threatened species, up to six black rhinos are being reintroduced from South Africa to Chad in May of 2018 bringing this animal back to the country for the first time in over four decades. The translocation is an extraordinary cross-collaboration between the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the Government of the Republic of Chad, as well as African Parks and South African National Park (SANParks).
This international conservation initiative is unprecedented and will see these black rhinos being flown over 3,000 miles to the well-protected Zakouma National Park, managed by African Parks since 2010 in partnership with the Government of Chad.
This move marks the historic return of this iconic and endangered species to Chad.
The Governments of South Africa and Chad signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2017 to enable the translocation of a founder population of black rhinoceros to Zakouma National Park, reintroducing the species to the nation since its local extinction in the early 1970’s.
Following their arrival at the heavily secured park, they will be released for a short period into bomas (holding pens) before being released into a temporary sanctuary to familiarise the animals with their new home and give them a chance to settle after their long journey before being released into the wider park.