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Individual study: Black and white rhino introductions in north-west Zimbabwe

Published source details

Booth V.R., Jones M.A. & Morris N.E. (1984) Black and white rhino introductions in north-west Zimbabwe. Oryx, 18, 237-240

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Translocate to re-establish or boost populations in native range Terrestrial Mammal Conservation

A study in 1975–1981 of savannah in a national park and surrounding areas in Zimbabwe (Booth et al. 1984) found that translocated black rhinoceros Diceros bicornis and white rhinoceros Ceratotherium simum established populations and started to breed. Five out of seven translocated black rhinoceroses survived at least six years after release and at least one calf was born. Up to nine out of 10 translocated white rhinoceroses survived at least six years after release, with at least seven calves born. Together with immigrant animals, the white rhinoceros population numbered 23–25 individuals at that time, in widely dispersed locations (movements of 22–130 km from release points were recorded). Black rhinoceroses and white rhinoceroses were translocated from areas of encroaching human activities. Seven black rhinoceroses (four adult males, two adult females and a male calf) were translocated in October–December 1975. Ten white rhinoceroses (one adult male, one adult female, two sub-adult males and six sub-adult females) were translocated and released in two groups, reflecting two areas of capture, in April 1975.

(Summarised by Nick Littlewood)