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Kenyan reserve celebrates rhino birth

Reporter: Soni Methu 丨 CCTV.com

04-07-2016 05:14 BJT

In East Africa, a community in northern Kenya is celebrating the birth of a black rhino. It's the first to be born on a wildlife reserve in the region for 25 years. There are big hopes for this little rhino. But actually tracking it can be a huge challenge.

An experiment's underway at Sera conservancy. Can a population hunted to extinction here return and reclaim their place? For Lekanaiya, that would mean reviving a landscape thought forever lost.

"Our parents told us that there were many rhinos on this land years back. I never got to see them growing up, most were hunted and killed. So we guard rhea for our children and other visitors. Many people have never seen one. I first saw a rhino when I went for training in Lewa,"  Lekanaiya said.

Last year, 10 black rhino were brought to Sera from other areas of Kenya. And last month, the herd grew a little.

"The reaction with KWS is that the area is good for breeding so they still have plans to bring more to the area to have a population of 20 Rhinos. We are getting more guests and more people are interested to invest in sera," Rueben Ndindira, manager of Sera Conservancy, said.

So we came here to find the mother and the baby.

With this new addition, the sanctuary has now 11 rhino wandering around but it's so difficult to get close to them, especially the young celebrity, rangers still don't know if the baby is a boy or girl

The mother's called Maitamany- which in the local language means one who can breed.
But she's one who can hide too- defying the sharpest eyes and tracking equipment.
The rhino merge with the thickets of this semi-arid land -If you get too close, they get aggressive.

"Rhinos are really endangered across the globe. There are very few in any one place so the government is encouraging us to be very protective of them. So we really look after them maybe more than any other animal here,"  Lekanaiya said.

Our prize for hours tracking in 40 degree heat, is this one bad-tempered? male.
We start again in the evening, and finally pick up the mother's signal. Now the real work begins. On foot through the bush.

The tracking devices are set to work for 4 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening, even then you are lucky if you spot one. We now have only one hour to find the new mother and baby

Then finally. That's a very nervous mother - we daren't go closer. And there, well hidden and guarded, just there hidden behind the bush is the baby.

The mother, as if she knows the fate of the Rhino that walked this land, hides her baby, and even when she goes for a drink, the baby stays put, until she returns to her.

Can the black rhino survive? There are little more than 640 left in Kenya, maybe 2500 across Africa. But here, in Samburu,there's a little hope -even if we're only allowed the briefest glimpse.

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