Triumphant Rhino Transfer Ends in Tragic Conservator Death

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Posted on: June 11, 2017

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Rare black rhinos were recently reintroduced into Rwanda’s iconic national park. Tragically, one has killed a man who was helping protect them.

On Wednesday, one of the protectors of Rwanda’s newly reintroduced black rhinos was killed by one of them on June 7 while monitoring the animals.
"It is with utmost regret that I inform you that Krisztián Gyöngyi was killed this morning by a rhinoceros in Akagera National Park in Rwanda while out tracking animals in the park,” Peter Fearnhead, chief executive officer of the conservation nonprofit African Parks, said in a statement. Gyöngyi, who had more than five years experience monitoring and conserving rhinos in Malawi, was on the ground training rangers how to track and protect them. He was also instrumental in supporting the reintroduction of rhinos into Rwanda.
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