A few of the original lions from Akagera almost certainly left the park after the civil war when Akagera was invaded by refugees and the northern section of the park was lost and migrated north to Lake Mburo NP in Uganda where there were no lions but sadly all of the lions in Lake Mburo have since been poisoned (or possibly speared) by the local people to protect their herds of Ankole cattle. At least I believe that is the case and don't think there are any lions left in Lake Mburo.
As I mentioned in my previous post the first black rhinos were introduced to Akagera in the 60s, Maasai giraffes were introduced to the park in 1986 and unlike the rhinos are still thriving. Why either species was absent from the park I don’t know, there are as far as I know giraffes in the Burigi Game Reserve in Northwestern Tanzania right on the border only about 12 miles or so southeast of Akagera’s boundary. In the past there were certainly also black rhinos in this part of Tanzania.
The East African black rhinos at Dvur Kralove originally came from Tsavo so it’s fitting that some of them have gone to Mkomazi. Considering that 10 rhinos from the Mara wondered across the border and set up home in the Serengeti it really is crazy that Kenya and Tanzania do not cooperate more over their rhinos. I hope that in the future things will change and they will at least be willing to exchange animals in order increase genetic diversity. Ideally all though of these rhinos would be managed as a single population including eventually those in Akagera and I hope one day some in Uganda as well but no doubt the Ugandans will struggle to obtain some Eastern blacks if KWS won’t part with any.
I may well at some point add something about the Zakouma rhinos to my report.
Edited by inyathi, 01 July 2015 - 07:19 PM.