Black Rhinos Make Successful Return to Ruma National Park

March 22, 2012
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Ruma National Park recently welcomed a new group of familiar residents. This month, 20 black rhinos were reintroduced to the Kenyan wildlife reserve, a move which aims to attract more travelers interested in going on a custom Kenya and Tanzania safari.

This isn't the first time the endangered species has been able to call Kenya home. A group of the rhinos lived in the park in the 1950s, but had to be relocated due to threats from poachers. More exotic and beautiful animals will hopefully be introduced to the park in the near future, including two white rhinos, 200 zebras, 50 wildebeest and a number of ostriches.

Most black rhinos have two horns, though some have a third. They are often spotted in muddy locations, as they use the wet soil to cool themselves during days of intense African heat.

Despite their massive size - between 800 and 1,400 kilograms - rhinos eat mostly twigs and greens, with a special love for acacias. Sadly, despite this recent development in Kenya, they remain critically endangered.


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