First wild Rhino born in Rwanda in over a decade

On 23 September 2017 at 11:52

Akagera National Park has confirmed the birth of a healthy rhino calf, the first to be born in the country in over a decade.

The announcement falls on World Rhino Day, September 22nd, and comes only four months after 18 Eastern black rhinoceroses were successfully trans-located from South Africa into the park.

Ineza (the mother of born rhino) was brought over from South Africa with her older male calf, which now at two and a half years of age has left his mother and found his own territory and independence in Akagera.

“The first rhino calf to be born in over a decade is a profound moment for Rwanda and its people, a country that is leading in its commitment to the conservation of endangered species,” said Jes Gruner, Akagera National Park Manager.

“The collaboration with the RDB in the restoration of the park over the past six years has made bringing back the Eastern black rhino, one the rarest subspecies on the planet, possible in Rwanda. Through our management and protection and collaboration with local communities, we’re working to safeguard the growth of an important population of rhinoceroses for the region,”Gruner added.

After six years of securing the park and essentially eliminating poaching, in May this year, Akagera National Park re-introduced 18 Eastern black rhinos from South Africa

Ineza's child rhino was first seen in August of this year