Monday, December 21, 2009

Stephen Fry on Operation Rhino

On December 19th, four Northern White Rhino's were flown to Kenya. RedOrbit has one of the news items.
Dana Holeckova, director of the Dvur-Kralove zoo in central Czech Republic said, "We must offer them this last chance, in their natural environment in Africa."

There's only eight remaining Northern White rhinos in existence all living in captivity, six at Dvur-Kralove and two more at San Diego Zoo in the United States.
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The four being returned, two males and two females, will be transferred by air on December 19th.
Stephen Fry has been travelling with them and has been Tweeting again...
Jambo! Just landed in Nairobi. Warm and sunny. More follows....

An hour away from rhinos arriving from Nairobi. Great excitement here at Ol Pejeta. Phone reception still dodgy tho.

Finally in land of signal. Rhino translocation went flawlessly, fantastically. So happy for Ol Pejeta, @FaunaFloraInt, Czech Rep zoo.

Landed. Despite the chill and damp of the old metrop it's good to be back. Operation Rhino fabulous success. Now let Christmas begin.
It seems Stephen has been down in Kenya following the relocation of the Czech Republic Northern White Rhinos.

Whether or not they've been filming a Last Chance To See special I haven't figured out yet. Too busy to check right now, what with all the snow we've been having. 23 inches in 24 hours this weekend...

2 comments:

D.B. Echo said...

I love the conical buildup on the table!

Let's hope Kenya is better able to protect these magnificent animals from poachers than the DRC was. And let's hope someone is hedging this bet by taking DNA samples for possible future use.

D.B. Echo said...

NPR article on this:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121980888&sc=fb&cc=fp