The carcasses of a female and a male rhino were discovered in separate locations in the park on 15 October. The exact cause still has to be established but poaching has been ruled out. Tissue samples are being collected so that they can be sent to South Africa for testing. Hopefully this will shed some light on the cause of the deaths, but it will take time. The other four rhinos that were translocated from South Africa have all been spotted and seem to be in good condition. Hopefully they will remain so, but the investigating team will advise all the partners (the Government of Chad, the South African Ministry of Environment, and South African National Parks) on any remedial actions that might be necessary.
The Governments of South Africa, Republic of Chad, African Parks and SANParks confirm the discovery of two black rhino carcasses in Chad
AFRICAN PARKS | OCTOBER 18 2018
The Governments of South Africa, Republic of Chad, African Parks and SANParks confirm that two black rhino carcasses have been discovered in Zakouma National Park in Chad. The rhino were among a group of six black rhino translocated to Chad from South Africa in May 2018 to bring the species back to Zakouma National Park after almost a 50-year absence.
The rhinos had been held in bomas in the national park for two months after their arrival in Chad on 4 May, before being released into a temporary sanctuary for another two months to enable their acclimatisation to the environment. In late August, the sanctuary fence was removed and the rhinos were free to roam the wider park where they continued to be monitored constantly. The carcasses of two of the rhino – a bull and a cow — were discovered in separate locations on 15 October 2018.
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It can be confirmed that the two rhinos were not poached, but the exact cause of death is not yet known. A specialist veterinarian was dispatched and is now in Zakouma National Park to conduct a postmortem that will provide more information on the cause of death and to assess the situation regarding further actions that might be necessary. Details of this will be made available once the cause of death has been confirmed.
The other four rhinos are still alive and are being closely monitored. Consultations between the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Chad, including SANParks and African Parks are underway to establish the cause of death of the two rhinos and to take any necessary precautionary actions to avert a similar occurrence with the remaining four animals.
The translocation was in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries on the reintroduction of black rhino in Chad, undertaken to restore critical biodiversity and aid the long-term conservation of the species on the continent.