#Repost@africanparksnetwork • • • Regrettably, we have further bad news to report from Chad. An additional two black rhino carcasses were discovered in Zakouma National Park this week, bringing the total mortalities to four, of the six that were reintroduced in May this year. We can confirm that none of these rhinos were poached and we are taking all actions to determine what may have resulted in their deaths. On the advice of a team of veterinarians experienced in working with black rhinos, the remaining two animals are being recaptured and placed in holding facilities in order to facilitate closer management; and a SANParks veterinarian was dispatched to Zakouma National Park to assist with the process, and one rhino has already been recaptured and is doing well in their enclosure. Post-mortems have been conducted and various samples of blood, tissue and fecal matter were sent to specialist pathology laboratories in South Africa. Histopathological results so far have indicated that infectious diseases or plant toxicity are not the cause of death. Serological evidence has however indicated exposure to trypanosomes, a blood borne parasite transmitted by tsetse flies, but at this stage this is not suspected to be the cause of the mortalities. Low fat reserves do suggest however that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is the likely underlying cause, although tests to be undertaken on brain and spinal fluid may shed additional light on the exact cause of deaths. Collaboration among the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Chad, including SANParks and African Parks remains active as efforts continue to be made to establish clarity around the exact cause of deaths of the four rhinos, and to safeguard the remaining two animals. Please see the link in our bio for the full, joint statement.
#Repost@africanparksnetwork • • • We are extremely saddened to share the news that two rhinos have been found dead in @Zakouma_National_Park in Chad. The carcasses of a female and male, found in separate locations, were discovered on October 15th. We are in the process of trying to determine the cause of death, but we know that this was definitely not a result of poaching. An expert Veterinary team is present, and post-mortems are being performed, with tissue samples being collected so that they can be sent to South Africa for testing which might shed some light on the cause of death which will likely take some time to be conclusive; and at this point, possible causes of death are still purely speculative. The other four rhinos have all been spotted and are seemingly in good condition, but this does not mean that they will not succumb to whatever it is that affected the two that have died. The team is currently assessing the situation and are advising all the partners (the Government of Chad, the South African Ministry of Environment, and the South African National Parks) on any remedial actions that might be necessary regarding the other four animals. We are deeply upset by this loss but our Zakouma rhino team are monitoring the condition of the four other rhinos 24/7. The rhino were among a group of a total of six black rhino that were translocated to Chad from South Africa in May, marking the return of the species to this Central African country after almost 46 years. To read the joint statement, please click the link in our bio. Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography#africanparks#africanparksnetwork#conservation#wildlife#zakouma#chad#southafrica#rhino#SANParks