SA breeder to release 100 rhinos back into the wild every year

SA breeder to release 100 rhinos back into the wild every year

A leading South African private rhino breeder has announced plans to annually release 100 farm-bred rhinos into the wild to help restock a population decimated by poaching.

The animals will come from a 2004-strong herd, bred by private rhino farmer John Hume, who runs the world’s biggest rhino farm on an 8 400-hectare piece of land in South Africa’s North West province.

The deal to “annually re-wild approximately 100 southern white rhinoceros to their natural habitat in southern Africa is ready for implementation”, a spokesperson for Hume’s company, Platinum Rhino captive breeding operation, said on Tuesday.

The company did not state when the project would be rolled out.

South Africa is home to about 80 percent of the world’s rhino population, but in recent years has suffered record slaughter by poachers.

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