Since the establishment of the communal conservancies programme in Namibia, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) has been moving black rhino from state land, where they occur in sufficient numbers, to communal areas where they are on the brink of extinction.
For the first time in Namibia black rhino are being translocated by means of a helicopter. This dramatically reduces operational time as well as limiting the stress on the animals.
The rhino are fitted with monitoring devices and closely monitored once they have been released into their new environment.
Rhino populations in conservancy areas generate considerable benefits to these communities through tourism. The operation took place in the rugged Kunene region in north-west Namibia, and was generously co-funded by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N).
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