There was a lot of action on Monday, June 16, 2012, at Manston Airport in Kent, England, as rhino crates were loaded onto a specially enlisted DHL Boeing 757 to be translocated to Tanzania.
The Aspinall Foundation along with the Tusk Trust and the George Adamson Trust have combined forces to stage a rare translocation of three captive-born black rhinos to Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania in order to rejuvenate numbers of black rhino in the area.
The three animals—Grumeti, Monduli, and Zawadi—were airlifted in a dedicated DHL Boeing 757 from Manston direct to Kilimanjaro Int. Airport in Tanzania.
Damian Aspinall, Chairman of The Aspinall Foundation, donated the three black rhino from the Foundation’s breeding group at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. The program to reintroduce endangered species to the wild to assist breeding is a major focus of The Aspinall Foundation.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Patron of Tusk Trust, and a dedicated campaigner against poaching, visited the rhinos at Port Lympne ahead of their translocation and released a speech via the BBC which highlighted his dedication to the fight against the illegal trade of ivory.
Source: Flying Typers, Geoffrey
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