20 black rhinos have been re-introduced in Ruma National Park by the Kenya Wildlife Service to boost tourism in the western circuit.
The animals had been in the park in 1950s but were then transferred because of poaching. Noah Wekesa the Forestry and wildlife minister said the rhinos have been removed from the Mugie Rhino Sanctuary and Solio Ranch in Laikipia to preserve them and for attracting tourists. The national park has a number of different animal species which can attract visitors compared compared to other areas but the government has decided to bring in more to attract more tourists like the other parks in Kenya.
Two White rhinos will also be introduced, 200 zebras, 50 wildebeests and ostriches in the park. The minister said the western circuit has a number of unique animal species than any other part of the country but is rarely visited by tourists because they concentrate mainly on the big five that include elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and giraffe.
The park also has the rare roan antelope and the biggest population of Rothschild giraffe which can increase on the revenue if well maintained and when other animal species are introduced in the park.
Mr. Wekesa said the bringing of rhinos in the park will improve and open tourism potentials in the area. Therefore the park has to be fully marketed and linked to other tourism sites like Lake Victoria, Hoima Hills hot springs in Simbi Nyaima, ThimLich Oinga, the Luo culture and the Luo legend Gor Mahia which are found in Kenya.