First group of SA white rhinos may soon be ‘packing for Perth’

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First group of SA white rhinos may soon be ‘packing for Perth’

Plans are afoot to shift rhinos Down Under by air in a bid to establish a new breeding population

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The first group of 10 SA rhinos is “packing for Perth” as part of a project to establish a new breeding population of this increasingly endangered species in Australia and New Zealand.

The Australian Rhino Project, a private partnership which also involves Zoos South Australia, the Taronga Conservation Society and Orana Wildlife Park, has signed an agreement with Limpopo wildlife trader Thaba Manzi to help shift 10 white rhinos by air to Australia – preceded by a quarantine period of up to a year in New Zealand.

A spokesperson for the project has not revealed the date the rhinos are scheduled to fly out, but it is understood they will leave as soon as wildlife export permits and funding are finalised...

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