In Summary
  • Zambezi was born in captivity at foundation-owned Port Lympne in 2002 and sired three calves.
  • He was being flown from Lydd airport to the Grumeti Reserve, as part of a programme to repopulate the Serengeti.
  • Mr Damian Aspinall, of the Aspinall Foundation, said the foundation had "successfully returned eight black rhinos to their native homeland".
  • The rhino was accompanied by a keeper from Port Lympne and a vet from Africa, according to the foundation.

A black rhino died while being flown from a nature reserve in Kent to Tanzania, where he was due to be released into the wild.

The 17-year-old male, called Zambezi, was being transported from Port Lympne in Hythe to the Serengeti.

The species is critically endangered, with a population of about 5,600.

The Aspinall Foundation said the cause of death was unknown, but vowed to investigate to see if lessons can be learned.

CAPTIVITY

Zambezi was born in captivity at foundation-owned Port Lympne in 2002 and sired three calves.

He was being flown from Lydd airport to the Grumeti Reserve, as part of a programme to repopulate the Serengeti.

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