Akagera National Park Receives 30 White Rhinos

akagera national park recieves 30 white rhinos


Akagera National Park in Rwanda received 30 White Rhinos which were flown from the Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve that is situated in South Africa. The transfer of the white rhinos from South Africa to Akagera national park in Rwanda comes with the largest single rhino translocation in wildlife conservation history.


These white rhinos traveled approximately 2,000 miles to Akagera national park their new home in Rwanda, where conservationists believe that these animals will be safe and establish a new reproductive base, as well as be free from severe poachers that had placed the Rhino species in jeopardy. All the rhinos were sedated to restore their peace and calm them down as well as prevent them from danger.


White rhinos are categorized under the “critically endangered species” by the World Wildlife Fund, which believes that there are more than 18,000 Rhinos in protected areas and privately-owned game reserves. According to World Wildlife Fund officials, the reduction of Rhino species number is due to poaching mostly and the excess demand for rhino horns.

Each of the 30 rhinos received at Akagera national park in Rwanda was outfitted with a tracking transmitter that allows continuous surveillance. The main aim for the Rhino translocation was to safeguard them from poachers new, they believe that these Rhinos are safer at Akagera national park, authorities at Akagera national park have issued a dispatched note on an anti-poaching canine team and helicopter surveillance in order to monitor the safety of these Rhinos.


The translocation of these 30 rhinos to Akagera national park gives Rwanda an opportunity to substantially improve the contribution to the rhino conservation program, with Akagera national park standing as it becomes an internationally recognized sanctuary for African black and white rhinoceros. The Rhino translocation was successfully done by the Rwanda Development Board, Beyond and funded by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, and African parks.


Rwanda first translocated 18 black eastern Rhinoceros in May 2017 to Akagera national park from South Africa to the Akagera national park. The reintroduction of the Rhino species was not present for the last 10 years in Akagera national park.


The initial relocation of the rhinoceros to the Akagera national park required over a 2,486-mile distance from South Africa to Rwanda. Since this relocation happened, the number of Rhinos at Akagera national park has increased. The relocation occurred just after the restoration of lions into Akagera national park in July 2015, and recently subsequent relocation of two more male lions to Akagera national park with an aim of increasing the lion population of the current pride of Rwanda.


Furthermore, five additional rhinos have been relocated from Europe Akagera national park in Rwanda with the help from the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria managed to translocate five rhinos ranging with three females and two males, from different zoos in Europe and given to the Rwandan government on June 24, 2019. These Rhinos include Manny, Jasiri, Mandela  Jasmina,  and Olmoti, the five rhinos were best flown from Europe to Akagera national park by a chartered Boeing 747-400F cargo jet that is operated by Air Atlanta.


Travelers planning to go to Rwanda’s Akagera National Park have got a greater opportunity of viewing African rhinos in the park, following a 10-year hiatus relocation. Rwanda has really worked on security and the development in Akagera national parks, that include the establishment of an anti-poaching unit in the Akagera national park, they have deployed the helicopter for overhead monitoring within Akagera national park, and also increased the number of park guards in order to improve security around the park and Rwanda at large.


The African continent is estimated to have less than 5,000 black African rhinoceros, with its bulk of the black Rhino species surviving in South Africa. The reintroduction of black Eastern Rhinos to Akagera National Park in Rwanda is a good influence on the attractions of some amount of tourist visits visiting Rwanda, with over 44,000 tourists registered at Akagera national park in 2018.


Akagera national park protects Over 20 black rhinos, 30 white rhinos, 15 lions, and 100 savanna elephants. Akagera national park harbors over 500 bird species that making Akagera a famous bird-watching destination in Rwanda. Akagera national park also protects a number of primate species such as the olive baboon, blue monkeys, silver monkeys, and vervet monkeys.


Besides rhinos, travelers interested in visiting Akagera national park also have greater opportunities of observing lions, giraffes, zebras, duikers, crocodiles, antelopes, hippos, and hyenas to mention a few. Akagera national park offers both day and night guided game drives.


Akagera national park offers other tourism activities such as guided nature walks, boat cruises, behind-the-scenes safaris, walk the line tour, fishing tours, and camping sites. Akagera national park also has lodging facilities where visitors can stay a night or two during their safari to this park including Magashi Safari Camp, Rusizi tented lodge, Karenge Bush Camp, and Akagera Game Lodge.