UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Chad is once again home to black rhinos.
Six rhinos made the journey May 3 from Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa to Chad’s Zakouma National Park.
The African Parks Network is now in charge of managing and protecting the rhinos in Chad.
Hunting had decimated the population there, leading to local extinction of the animals nearly 50 years ago.
The move to relocate the rhinos is aimed at broadening their range outside South Africa and therefore making them less vulnerable to poachers.
Last year poachers killed more than 1,000 rhinos in South Africa.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists black rhinos as critically endangered.
The initiative extends to other countries as well.
Last year 20 black rhinos were relocated from South Africa to Rwanda.
Prior to that a black rhino hadn’t been seen in Rwanda since 2007.