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Eliska's Return to Africa

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1970 - 10,000 Plus Rhino in Tanzania 2011 - Approximately 100 Rhino in Tanzania A healthy population of breeding Black Rhino live in a very heavily protected rhino sanctuary within Mkomazi National Park. Black Rhino The Black Rhino is a magnificent creature whose ancestors roamed the earth for 60 million years. Since 1970, when black rhinos numbered as many as 65,000 (with 10,000 in Tanzania), the population has dwindled to a staggering 4,880 in the wild, with close to 110 in Tanzania. The rhino’s downfall is directly related to the value of its horn. You could say that the horn has cost it its life. In some Arab countries rhino horns are carved into dagger hilts. In Yemen, a single horn can bring up to $65,000.00 on the black market. But the largest demand comes from Asia, where traditional healers promote powdered rhino horn as an analgesic. There, it is worth more than twice its weight in gold. Rhino sanctuaries like the one at Mkomazi are absolutely essential to the survival of the species. The 50-square-kilometer compound is surrounded by an eight-foot-high electrified and alarmed fence and is patrolled around the clock by armed guards. It took five years to build at a cost of $500,000.00. Home to a founder population of eight rhinos and the first sanctuary of its kind in Tanzania, it was stocked by airlifting the rhinos, of a subspecies indigenous to the area, from Addo National Park in South Africa at great expense. Mkomazi now has a healthy breeding number of Rhinos with the adult females giving birth, some more than once. Our results to date prove beyond doubt that we can save these magnificent creatures from the vanity and superstitions of a tiny minority out to destroy them http://www.wildlifenow.com/index.html - link to Tony's website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdyJEH9pzE0

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