A five-month-old orphaned elephant called Tembo plays with Lucy Fitzjohn at Tony Fitzjohn’s Mkomazi rhino sanctuary on June 19, 2012, in Mkomazi, Tanzania. The Aspinall Foundation, the Tusk Trust, and the George Adamson Trust combined forces to stage a rare translocation of three captive-born black rhino to Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania in order to rejuvenate the area’s black rhino numbers.
The three animals—Grumeti, Monduli and Zawadi—were airlifted in a dedicated DHL Boeing 757 from Manston Airport in Kent direct to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania. Their story is welcome news in the pachyderm world. In the last decade, poachers have reduced the population of Africa’s forest elephants by 62 percent, putting the species on the fast track to extinction.
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