Black rhino at Masai Mara National Park, Kenya.

Black rhino at Masai Mara National Park, Kenya. Image by JULIAN MASON / CC BY 2.0

A black rhino relocation programme is underway in Kenya in a bid to expand the iconic species habitat in the country, and to boost its overall population. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Northern Rangelands Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Service are working together on the project, which will move at least 20 rhinos from Lewa, Lake Nakuru National Park and Nairobi National Park to a sanctuary inside the community owned and operated Sera Community Conservancy. The Sera area is a historical stomping ground for black rhinos, but it has been void of the species for the past 25 years after the last individual was poached in 1990. Marking a shift in Kenya’s conservation efforts, this programme will be the first time in East Africa that a local community is responsible for the management and protection of the highly threatened black rhino. Read more: