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Zambia Rhino Relocation

Protecting and strengthening rhino populations in Zambia

Tags: Rhinoceros, Zambia, Kazungula, Southern Africa, Threats

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  • Video: Lupani School - Sekute Community

    Lupani School - Sekute Community AWF recently constructed a new school in the Sekute Community of Zambia in the Kazungula Heartland consisting of five teacher houses and six modern classrooms, equipped with new desks. Immediately after its inauguration, 105 pupils enrolled in the school, which replaced a badly dilapidated school that only accommodated 55 pupils—a big step in a Chiefdom where currently 80% of the people are illiterate. The new school is an incentive for the Sekute communities' efforts in setting aside a Wildlife Conservancy, and protecting wildlife dispersal corridors.
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Descriptions & Plan

Rhinos face extinction in Zambia.

Zambia once had a healthy population of white rhinos, but by 2010, there was only one still alive. Poaching had decimated local populations. If action wasn’t taken, rhinos were likely to disappear entirely from the region. 

Relocating rhinos for conservation. 

With Zambia’s rhinos near extinction, African Wildlife Foundation partnered with Zambia Wildlife Authority to settle four white rhinos from South Africa to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Since the relocation, there have been four births in the park, bringing the total population count up to nine. With rhinos having long gestation and nursing periods and birthing a calf once every two to four years, these births are a significant marker of the project’s success.

In addition to relocating rhinos, AWF worked with Zambia Wildlife Authority to better protect and monitor the rhinos. Anti-poaching patrols as well as careful health monitoring (MOU1) has ensured the continued safety of these young rhinos and gives many hope for the future.

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