22 June 2011

Rhino released in Ozabeni section of iSimangaliso Wetland Park

South Africa's third largest protected area, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formely known as Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), released the first rhino to the Ozabeni section of the park in about 110 years. A total of 28 rhino, 13 black and 15 white rhino,  are being re-introduced into the previously unfenced 66 000ha wilderness section of the park. All rhino introduced into Ozabeni have been fitted with horn transmitters to enable real-time tracking for biological and security monitoring. 

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Ozabeni covers about 46000 hectares. It lies north of Lake St Lucia, west of the Maputaland Marine Reserve, east of the Mkuzi River and swamps, and south of Sodwana Bay National Park and the town of Mbazwana.

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