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HARARE-- The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) is donating 10 white rhinos to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to enhance a regional rhino conservation programme being implemented in that central African nation.

The translocation is being done in accordance with local and international wildlife translocation protocols, says Zimparks, which adds that the 10 rhinos are being translocated from the Lake Chivero and Kyle Recreational Parks and the Matopo National Park.

"Rhinos at Lake Chivero and Kyle have reached near ecological carrying capacity and the translocation is part of destocking in line with our approved National Rhino Conservation and Management Strategy," said Zimparks in a statement here Sunday.

Zimparks said it was aware that the DRC's Northern white rhinos went extinct largely because of poaching, but had done requisite security checks to ensure the safety of the new rhinos. "The security and law enforcement status of the receiving property was assessed based on the local (Zimbabwe) and international standard pre- translocation requirements," it said.

"The Zimbabwean government was satisfied that the pre and post-translocation conditions in DRC met the requisite standards for a successful re-establishment of rhinos in that country."

The exercise, Zimparks said, was a deliberate effort to enhance the security and genetic proliferation of the species at a regional level.

"Zimbabwe is one of the important rhino range countries in the world and has seen steady population growth of both white and black rhinos. In the recent past, Zimbabwe has been instrumental in restocking of new and rehabilitated former range areas such as the Okavango Delta of Botswana," it said.

Official figures show that 98 per cent of the world's white rhino population occurs only in four countries -- South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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