During a systematic aerial census in July 1968,
it was estimated there were 150-250 black rhinos in Mkomazi Game Reserve
and the population was growing faster than in any other area in the
entire Mkomazi Game Reserve-Tsavo National Park ecosystem. The increase
in the Mkomazi rhino population, from July 1967 to July 1968, exceeded
all other grown rates of black rhino recorded before or since. By 1988,
there were no rhinos left in Mkomazi.
Tony Fitzjohn, Field Director with Laura Utley,
Chairman and Founder of GCC and President of the U.S. Trust, who
visited the Mkomazi Reserve in May
1998, and two members of anti-poaching patrol standing at the
gates of the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary.
The gates were donated by GCC.
The Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary is an enclosed, heavily guarded area of
approximately 45 square kilometers, and could ultimately hold up to
20 rhinos. It parallels the sanctuary at Tsavo National Park, with solar-powered
electrical fences and its own well equipped force. There is plenty of
vegetation, and if the population increases, there is room for expansion.
The physical construction of the Rhino Sanctuary is complete and is
now occupied by 4 Black Rhinos of the East African sub-species from
Addo National Park in South Africa. Six more rhinos are still in Addo
National Park waiting to be transferred. Currently, the Tony Fitzjohn/George
Adamson African Wildlife Preservation Trust is working to raise the
$600,000 needed to purchase and transport the remaining rhinos to the
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