After a 50-year absence, black rhinos are returning to Zakouma National Park
The black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) has been extinct from the Central African nation of Chad since the 1970s, the victim of decades of poaching. Hundreds of years ago the species ranged from what is now Eritrea through Sudan, South Sudan, Chad and as far east as Niger, but today the vast majority of black rhinos live below the equator, all still at risk of poaching and some subspecies so under threat that dedicated armed guards have been employed to protect the animals. For many years the future of the world’s dwindling black rhino population seemed to lie in southerly African states with well-established national parks and reserves like South Africa and Namibia. But recently news has broken that six South African black rhinos are returning to Chad after a 3,000+ mile migration – by air.