Almost 50 years after being completely wiped off due to reckless poaching, six black rhinos finally returned to the Central African nation of Chad. Two male and four female rhinos were airlifted on Thursday from South Africa to Zakouma National Park in Chad.
According to the WWF, black rhino numbers dramatically dropped 98 percent between 1960-1995 mainly due to human appetite for their distinctive horns. There are around 5,400 today. Much of its population is in South Africa, which is home to about 2,000 of the pachyderms.
The conservation initiative came after the governments of South Africa and Chad signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2017 to enable the translocation of the rhinos. The aim is to aid the long-term survival of this critically endangered animal.
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