Starting August 26th 2013, Lewa is moving 11 critically endangered black rhinos to its neighbouring Borana Conservancy in one of Lewa’s biggest translocations yet. The translocation will decongest Lewa’s rhino population and reintroduce black rhinos to Borana Conservancy, an area they last inhabited in the 1970s. Also involved is the Kenya Wildlife Service, the state corporation mandated to conserve and manage Kenya’s wildlife. We have already moved 7 rhinos, 4 to go!!!!
Given the fact that rhinos are facing the greatest threat in history from poaching, this is a positive story in the midst of bad news. Borana’s pledge to conservation will see black rhinos introduced to an area they last inhabited decades ago. This is a commitment which few others are willing to take on, given the cost and security risk associated with holding rhinos today.
This translocation is also a big celebration of Lewa’s success as a rhino sanctuary. Years of conservation efforts have seen Lewa reach its maximum black rhino carrying capacity and the Conservancy is now able to restock areas that previously held this endangered species.