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Join unique Rhino conservation trip with Wildlife Worldwide

23rd March 2010 Print

Wildlife Worldwide is providing the chance for wildlife enthusiasts to witness an extraordinary event in Zambia this May; five magnificent Rhinos will be flown by Hercules aircraft from South Africa to the North Luangwa National Park in the final stage in a massive conservation effort, to re-establish a sustainable black rhino population in the Luangwa Valley.

Wildlife Worldwide is the only tour operator granted access to take tourists to witness this extraordinary wildlife event.

Zambia harboured the world’s 3rd largest black rhino population until the 1980s, when constant heavy poaching resulted in the animals being declared extinct just before the turn of the century.

Initially the rhinos are held in ‘bomas’ (holding enclosures) before being released into a large (300kms²) sanctuary. This makes monitoring the population much easier as it is essential they’re tracked at the beginning to ensure their safe re-introduction, adaptation and protection from the poaching risk which unfortunately still exists.

The rhino re-introduction is a joint venture between the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s North Luangwa Conservation Programme and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), together with lots of help from other southern Africa governments and conservation organisations as well as international donors. Incepted in 2001, the project has already seen 20 new rhinos established in the national park.

Accommodation for this unique trip is at Tafika – a beautiful camp in South Luangwa. The itinerary includes two visits to the area of the rhino reintroduction, including watching the animals’ arrival on the giant Hercules air transporter.

The nine-day holiday departs on 23 May and costs from £3899 pp which includes flights, all transportation, game viewing activities, seven nights’ accommodation, most meals and safari guides throughout.

A £200 per person donation will be given to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme for every person travelling on the trip.

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