Zoos South Australia is pleased to announce the next exciting step in bringing our Southern White Rhino sanctuary to life is complete!
This week, our partner The Australian Rhino Project (TARP) signed an agreement with accredited sanctuary and rhino orphanage Thaba Manzi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Located in South Africa, this well-respected wildlife organisation has decades of experience in the management and conservation of wildlife and rhinos.
This sanctuary is currently home to the very first rhinos who will come to Australia to live at Monarto Zoo!
The process of selecting a partner has taken years and we are thrilled to officially be one step closer to relocating Southern White Rhinos from Africa to Australia.
Here, they will be safe from harm and together with our region they will form a genetically viable insurance population that will see rhinos around for generations to come.
The first rhinos to come to Australia will soon be identified and the process of gaining export permits has begun.
Once the permit process is complete, the rhinos will be quarantined in South Africa before travelling to Orana Wildlife Park in New Zealand.
Then, following another round of quarantining they will come to Australia!
We are very proud to be part of this international conservation effort working to safeguard this magnificent species from extinction.
Stay tuned for more updates!