Malawi's Liwonde National Park welcomes 17 black rhinos

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Seventeen black rhinos from South Africa have been relocated to Malawi's Liwonde National Park.
Seventeen black rhinos from South Africa have been relocated to Malawi's Liwonde National Park.

In one of the largest international black rhino translocations to date, Malawi's Liwonde National Park recently welcomed 17 black rhinos from South Africa.

Based on a custodianship agreement signed between the governments of Malawi and South Africa, the aim was to boost Malawi's black rhino populations and aid regional efforts to conserve the critically endangered species.

The 17 rhinos destined for Malawi were captured in KwaZulu-Natal and quarantined for six weeks in one of Ezemvelo's parks before being flown from King Shaka Airport in Durban, South Africa, to Lilongwe. From Lilongwe, they were then driven to their new home, Liwonde National Park, where they were released on Nov. 12 and are settling in well.

The project was made possible thanks to a collaboration between Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund South Africa, African Parks and Malawi's Department of National Parks and Wildlife.

Now that the black rhino population is increasing in Malawi, travelers hoping to catch a glimpse of the species can visit Robin Pope Safaris' Kuthengo Camp in Liwonde National Park or Mkulumadzi on the Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Those who wish to combine the camps and get hands-on experience can book Robin Pope's new focus on conservation safaris, where they can spend their days with the African Parks team furthering their efforts.

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