Black rhino’s killed in Malawi

Wire snares and traps set by poachers have killed three endangerd black rhinos, they were re-introduced twenty years ago after this specie was declared extinct in Malawi.  

The collapse of an electric solar-powered perimeter fence around a 14sq km sanctuary has created a loophole inside Liwonde National Park in the southern region. The lack of a fence allowed poachers to enter the sanctuary.

The black rhinos were reintroduced from South Africa’s Kruger National Park through the Care for the Rare wildlife species program.

Care for the Rare was an idea hatched following Malawi’s Black Rhino extinction after two of the last remaining animals were wiped out by armed poachers in Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve in 1991.

In an obituary statement following the loss of the three rhinos, Bentley Palmer, a lead member of the rhino monitoring team said the dead female together with the dead male were the original two rhinos brought back into Liwonde as part of Malawi’s Black Rhino re-introduction program. They arrived in  1993 from Kruger National Park. The first half of the twentieth century there were about 800.000 black rhino’s. Now there are less than 5000 of them alive in Southern Africa due to relentless hunting and poaching for fun and the horn.

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