There are rhinos and lions expected to be arriving in Rwanda’s Akagera national park come next year from South Africa funded by the Rwanda Development Board. This is intended to improve on the number of wild animals in the park given the fact that there was high rate of poaching in the 1980s and the 1990s which highly reduced the quantity of wild animals.
“We are organizing to stock more animals in Akagera specifically the rhinos and lions so as to improve on the tourism potential so that Rwanda can be able to compete with other East African counties in terms of tourism.” Said Rica Rwingamba the head of department for tourism at the Rwanda Development Board while she was addressing the New Times yesterday. She however could not detail of the program.
She also mentioned that there are no clear details concerning the terms of funding that they may need in the due course of importing the animals especially because the importation has got to be done with in next year before it ends. She added that there is only one rhino in the entire Akagera national at the moment which is under super surveillance with the help of a tracking device to protect from harm and possibly death. Akagera national park has got various types of wild animals which include the giraffes, the antelopes, the buffalos, the zebras plus many more others and it’s the most common sanctuary in the savanna region of Rwanda.