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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.

FILE: Black rhino. Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

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.

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