“I’m sick and tired of these mother f***in’ rhinos”… wait, rhinos? Snakes On A Plane reference, you get it – right??
It’s no longer snakes on a plane, its legitimately rhinos on a plane. 30 of them.
If you thought you had read and seen it all by 2021, think again.
30 White Rhinos board a plane!
30 white rhinos were loaded onto an airplane over the weekend and flown from South Africa to Rwanda.
The distance between South Africa and Rwanda is about 4,268.3 kilometers or 2,652.1 miles.
In other words, that’s about a 13-hour plane ride.
This is considered the biggest-ever translocation of the 1.50-ton animals.
The Guardian reported the news and were in touch with Jes Gruner, who oversaw the efforts of the flight for conservation.
“All the rhinos were slightly sedated to keep them calm and not aggressive or trying to get out of the crates,” Jes Gruner, who oversaw the effort for the conservation group African Parks, told The Guardian.
Jes Gruner details the biggest-ever translocation of rhinos
Gruner noted, “The rhinos weren’t sedated on the plane in the sense they were totally lying down, as that’s bad for their sternums. But they were partly drugged, so they could still stand up and keep their bodily functions normal, but enough to keep them calm and stable.”
The move of 30 rhinos took three years to organize and involved more than 60 tons of giant mammals and their supplies.
The history-making move was part of an unprecedented conservation mission to protect the near-threatened species from poachers and spread them across the continent.
Ironically, a group of rhinos is called “a crash.”
Rhinos take Boeing 747 from South Africa to Rwanda
Luckily, this crash of rhinos didn’t take down the plane and all were delivered safely.
The crash consisted of 19 females and 11 males, and they were rehomed at the Akagera national park.
The conservation group, African Parks, hopes to breed and strengthen the species while they’re in the park.
Gruner added, “We’re starting with 30, but this could grow. Akagera could be a home for easily 500 or 1,000 white rhino in the future.”
It’s estimated there are only about 18,000 animals across Africa with the white rhino being classified as “near threatened.”
“It’s absolutely vital to get white rhinos spread across the continent, where they have safe habitats, and not necessarily only where they used to be,” Gruner said. “We need to spread the risk. If some countries can’t get hold of the illegal wildlife trade, white rhinos and rhinos in general might be pushed to the brink of extinction. We have to do everything we can to address their safety.”
White rhinos are a new introduction to the country.
Save, Conserve & Preserve!
“We’re starting with 30, but this could grow – Akagera could be a home for easily 500 or 1,000 white rhino in the future,” Gruner said. “It could be a good genetic pool. We refer to it as an ‘animal bank’, where you can keep wildlife for the future movement of animals within the region, once we have a good, breeding, functional population in Akagera.”
Gruner said Akagera is the right place because the Rwanda government has shown their seriousness in conservation and protection of all animals.
“There’s plenty of habitat around the continent, but not necessarily safe habitat. The government of Rwanda has shown their seriousness in conservation and protection in the last 15 to 20 years. It’s been proven – with the reintroduction of 18 black rhinos in 2017 and five more from zoos in Europe – that we can keep them safe. To date, no rhino has been poached, and the growth rate has been positive. That sets the mark for the white rhinos.”