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>> The black rhino behind me is one of six that is about to embark on an air journey to Chad in Central Africa where the species was hunted to extinction in the mid 1970s. I'm Ed Steiner for Reuters news in Addo National Park South Africa. This restocking effort which is a collaboration between African parks and NGO, and the governments of Chad and South Africa is part of a wider effort to reintroduce African mega fauna to previous ranges from which a species such as elephants and rhino have been eradicated.
And African parks says that it has adequate security in the area to protect the rhinos because, of course, this is all coming against the backdrop of a poaching crisis that has seen over 1,000 rhinos, for example, poached last year here in South Africa. The six rhinos in question will hopefully establish what conservationist hope will be the most northern herd of wild rhinos in Africa.
South Africa has about 18,000 white rhinos and has the population of about 2,000 black rhinos. So it has a vast majority of the pachyderms on the planet, and it makes it the ideal ark to reseed the rest of the continent.