Did you know that black rhinos could fly? Well, with a little help from a helicopter, they can!
The black rhino in this video from Barcroft TV gets an airlift from a helicopter to its new home in the Kwa Zulu Natal nature preserve in South Africa.
This rhino, and 12 others, were airlifted to new homes as part of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.
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According to the World Wildlife Fund, the “Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is a partnership between WWF, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Board. It is supported by the Mazda Wildlife Fund.”
As recently as 1965, the black rhino population numbered somewhere close to 65,000 animals. However, by the 1990s, their numbers dwindled to a population of a mere 2,000 animals. This was mostly due to extreme poaching. Thanks to conservation efforts and organizations such as the WWF, the black rhino population is on the rebound and now numbers close to 5,000 animals.
In addition to improving the overall population of the large mammal, “the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project supports security of black rhino source populations by providing equipment for anti-poaching work, paying for helicopter hours when vets go out to treat snared black rhino, paying for rhino monitors and buying light aircraft for aerial surveillance,” says the WWF.