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Issue No. 0933
December 10 - 16, 2016

Local News

John the rhino taken out of Ngorongoro Crater dubiously

By Staff Reporter


Mystery surrounds the case of a Rhino that is missing from the Ngorongoro crater. It is claimed  to have been sold dubiously by some officials from Ngorongoro Conservation and Tanzania National Parks.

Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa has demanded that the famous black rhino, known as ‘John,’ that was removed from Ngorongoro Crater under dubious arrangements be restored back into crater immediately.

Speaking at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area the Premier shocked the audience when he revealed the scam through which some NCA officials together with others from Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) allegedly  colluded to shift the black rhino  from the crater to  Grumeti Reserve.


A black Rhino at the Ngorongoro Crater.
(File photo).


“And I know that the Rhino was taken to Grumeti Reserve in Serengeti under pretence that the idea was to have the rare and endangered animal breed in the location, but in reality it is under ownership of a private lodge,” said the Prime Minister.

It was reported by the Prime Minister that the rhino was taken to Grumeti Singita Sasakwa Lodge and  nothing was heard of it ever since the animal was taken there months ago.

Mr. Patrice  Mattay, former ecologist at Ngorongoro who was named as one of the accomplices in shifting  ‘John’  from the crater   was present during the meeting between Premier Majaliwa and NCAA officials. When called to defend himself, the ecologist refuted the claims, saying the shifting of the Rhino followed the ‘right procedures,’ adding that, claims regarding them pocketing 200 million/- were not true. 

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, is the only place in the country with highest concentration of free roaming rhinos, all safe inside the well-guarded crater, the number is estimated to be above 30. 



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