Rarest and Largest of Black Rhino Species Discovered Hiding within Nyerere National Park. Government Refutes

Tanzania discovers a very large but elusive mother Rhino hiding in the country’s equally largest National park

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Researchers and conservationists alike are currently searching for a member of the larger species of Black Rhino, which is reported to be hiding deep in the thickest of woodland within the vast Nyerere National Park.

Yes. Where it was once believed that there were no Rhinos, rare sightings of the lone mammal are being reported. However in the latest development, the Government of Tanzania, thought its Natural Resources Ministry has thrashed reports.

The rather shy female south-central black rhinoceros (Diceros Bicornis Minor) usually appears unannounced in parts of the large National Park, before disappearing again, with the first sighting recorded in the year 2017.

The ferocious ungulate could be the only one of its kind in East Africa, as of yet. As far as wildlife experts are concerned.

According to the Technical Advisor for Wildlife and Natural resources protection Dr Asantael Williams Melita, the rare black rhino also has a calf.

Efforts to protect, conserve and replenish Rhino Species are going on all over East Africa (Photo: Andrew Gell)

Compared to other Black Rhino species found in the Northern areas such, Mkomazi, Serengeti or Ngorongoro, this one in Nyerere National Park is larger in size and endemic to the Southern Zone,” explained Dr Asantael Melita.

Dr Asantael Melita a wildlife expert at his office within Nyerere National Park

The Wildlife Technical Advisor explained further that, while the well-known black Rhino Species are zoologically known as Diceros Bicornis Michael, the rare species hiding in the Nyerere National Park within the Selous eco-system is of Diceros Bicornis Minor sub-species.

Also known as south-central hook-lipped rhinoceros, this subspecies of the Black Rhinoceroses is probably the only one of its kind recorded in East Africa, yet.

Researchers and conservators in the Southern Circuit are therefore trying to locate the rare rhino, or its frequented habitat believing that there could be even more of the kind where it comes from.

Occupying an area of nearly 31,000 square kilometers, the Nyerere National Park is so far the largest in both the country and East Africa and when added into the Selous Eco-system it becomes the largest reserve on the African Continent at more than 50,000 square kilometers.

Other than the elusive rare black Rhino, Nyerere is also home to some of the largest elephant species in East Africa (File Photo)

Amply catered when it comes to free ranging area, the sheer size of unspoiled reserve simply means that if a Rhino or any other wildlife species chooses to get lost in the vast woodland, it may take eternity to find it.

Aged three years after being annexed from the Selous Game Reserve, Nyerere currently attracts more than 100,000 foreign visitors and generates nearly 3.5 billion/- in revenues, according to the Acting Commissioner of Conservation at the National Park, Dr Emilian Samuel Kihwele.

Many of the visitors enjoy networking their travel itineraries between beach tourism in Unguja, Pemba and wildlife spotting in Nyerere National Park and most happen to be those from Italy, Russia and Poland.

The Mtemere Gate entrance to Nyerere National Park, home to rare wildlife species (Photo by Marc Nkwame)

Follow up Story: Ministry refutes presence of the Female Rhino in Park

6 Comments
  1. Derby Watson says

    Wow this is incredible news. This is a rare treat to actually to witness this majestic female and her young roaming in the wild. I hope Dr. Asantael Melita realizes how precious jewel he has to protect and keep safe from harm. I applaud Tanzania to take the lead to show other African countries that the rhino matters and our and important part of African heritage and more need to be aware of this. Keep them safe from harm and realize how majestic the rare rhino is.

  2. Maike says

    After this article you need to get a 24/7 protection for this one – why did you report this with mentioning the location – thank you for nothing!

  3. Jacob says

    This is the most stupid and irresponsible article I have ever read, they have by publishing this article with enough detail “where and what” declared and signed the death sentence and bounty on this females Rhino’s life….

    Do you think poachers don’t see this in this social media too…

    How stupid can the “Educated” be in such a sensitive issue where secrecy is paramount for survival….
    😡😡😡

  4. Jean Crankshaw says

    How is it that South Africa on Friday granted permits to kill CRITICALLY ENDANGERED black rhinos, leopards and elephants? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/feb/26/south-africa-grants-permits-to-hunt-10-critically-endangered-black-rhino?fbclid=lwAR2C0Pxj6qAKNW3M9tgHZ0L_XQN1ZO_suWiXttGRnbALlDeCjkFYUP0kkDSQ
    How can this outrage be permitted?

  5. Jean Crankshaw says

    There is a petition to sign ” Stop trophy hunting of endangered animals in South Africa.” The animals under threat are 10 CRITICALLY ENDANGERED black rhinos, 10 vulnerable leopard and 150 endangered elephant. You can read more and sign the petition here: https://chng.i1/cGhQzmrXj5 PLEASE SHARE THE PETITION AND CHIP IN IF YOU CAN. 1,066 HAVE SIGNED SO FAR – THE GOAL IS 1500 SIGNATURES.

    1. Jean Crankshaw says

      The link for the petition is incorrect above. It should be: https://chng.it/cGhQzmrXj5

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