Questions about black rhino sent to Botswana
Botswana asked Zimbabwe to supply it with 10 black rhino, but it's emerged they actually came from SA.
HARARE - Questions are being asked after Zimbabwe sent five black rhino to Botswana this week after it emerged that they came originally from KwaZulu-Natal.
Botswana asked Zimbabwe to supply it with 10 black rhino for its Moremi Game Reserve.
The five rhino from the Malilangwe wildlife reserve were loaded onto a Botswana military plane on Wednesday.
They are bound for Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve and more are due to follow.
The Malilangwe Trust says in a statement that its black rhino population was originally established with animals imported from South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.
Those rhino flourished in Zimbabwe's south-eastern lowveld, and now there are enough to export some to reduce competition for space and food.
Some experts are against mixing Zimbabwean rhino with those from KwaZulu-Natal, because they're genetically distinct.