Southern Black Rhino Project
Back to Africa’s latest project involves the relocation of two Southern Black Rhinos (Diceros bicornis minor) from Frankfurt Zoo, Germany to Mkhaya Game Reserve, Swaziland. These two rhinos, a female Tsororo and a male Kalusho, have no future in the European breeding programme and hence have no conservation value in their present location.
Mkhaya Game Reserve
Some of the existing Black Rhino in Mkhaya are of the same genetic origin as Kalusho and Tsororo who were caught wild in the Zambezi valley in Zimbabwe. Rescuing their genetic material for a breeding project in Africa is a priority as a genetic bottleneck is developing in Mkhaya’s Black Rhino population and new blood is needed urgently to prevent inbreeding. By integrating Tsororo and Kalusho into the Swazi population, their genetic contribution will eventually be felt in other populations of Diceros bicornis minor as Mkhaya participates in the regional meta-population management of Black Rhinos.
It must be noted that Swaziland arguably has the toughest anti-poaching laws in Africa where convicted first offender rhino poachers and traffickers stand to be sentenced to a minimum mandatory jail term of 5 and 7 years respectively without the option of a fine or suspension of the sentence. Second or subsequent offenders in the case of rhino crimes shall receive the mandatory maximum sentence of 15 years without the option of a fine or suspension.
Back to Africa, a not for profit organization, runs solely on donations supplied by you. The operations alone require significant further financial investment. Some of these costs are particularly needed to meet the massive cost of transporting animals from zoo’s around the world Back to Africa.
Back to Africa is a Registered Non Profit Organization and falls under the Section 21 clause.
Registered charity number: 99 18147:/08