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Bio Zakouma National Park is located in south-eastern Chad. African Parks have been managing Zakouma since 2010.

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 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "#Repost @africanparksnetwork
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Regrettably, we have further bad news to report from Chad. An additional two black rh" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1907843238392296294

@africanparksnetwork • • • Regrettably, we have further bad news to report from Chad. An additional two black rhino carcasses were discovered in Zakouma National Park this week, bringing the total mortalities to four, of the six that were reintroduced in May this year. We can confirm that none of these rhinos were poached and we are taking all actions to determine what may have resulted in their deaths. On the advice of a team of veterinarians experienced in working with black rhinos, the remaining two animals are being recaptured and placed in holding facilities in order to facilitate closer management; and a SANParks veterinarian was dispatched to Zakouma National Park to assist with the process, and one rhino has already been recaptured and is doing well in their enclosure. Post-mortems have been conducted and various samples of blood, tissue and fecal matter were sent to specialist pathology laboratories in South Africa. Histopathological results so far have indicated that infectious diseases or plant toxicity are not the cause of death. Serological evidence has however indicated exposure to trypanosomes, a blood borne parasite transmitted by tsetse flies, but at this stage this is not suspected to be the cause of the mortalities. Low fat reserves do suggest however that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is the likely underlying cause, although tests to be undertaken on brain and spinal fluid may shed additional light on the exact cause of deaths. Collaboration among the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Chad, including SANParks and African Parks remains active as efforts continue to be made to establish clarity around the exact cause of deaths of the four rhinos, and to safeguard the remaining two animals. Please see the link in our bio for the full, joint statement.

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "Starry skies at Tinga Camp in Zakouma. Especially the early dry season offers the most beautiful, cool nights with the m" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1902337497384493651

Starry skies at Tinga Camp in Zakouma. Especially the early dry season offers the most beautiful, cool nights with the milky way visible in the sky. Photo by Michael Viljoen

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "An early morning on the Salamat river in Zakouma. This main river through Zakouma National Park floods the park extensiv" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1897045521202508734

An early morning on the Salamat river in Zakouma. This main river through Zakouma National Park floods the park extensively in the wet season, and turns into an almost dry riverbed in the peak of the dry months. As we are shifting towards the dry months of the year, one can almost see the water levels in the river go down each day. Photo by @kyledenobrega

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We are extremely saddened to share the news that two rhinos have been found dead in @" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1895055952143922607

@africanparksnetwork • • • We are extremely saddened to share the news that two rhinos have been found dead in @Zakouma_National_Park in Chad. The carcasses of a female and male, found in separate locations, were discovered on October 15th. We are in the process of trying to determine the cause of death, but we know that this was definitely not a result of poaching. An expert Veterinary team is present, and post-mortems are being performed, with tissue samples being collected so that they can be sent to South Africa for testing which might shed some light on the cause of death which will likely take some time to be conclusive; and at this point, possible causes of death are still purely speculative. The other four rhinos have all been spotted and are seemingly in good condition, but this does not mean that they will not succumb to whatever it is that affected the two that have died. The team is currently assessing the situation and are advising all the partners (the Government of Chad, the South African Ministry of Environment, and the South African National Parks) on any remedial actions that might be necessary regarding the other four animals. We are deeply upset by this loss but our Zakouma rhino team are monitoring the condition of the four other rhinos 24/7. The rhino were among a group of a total of six black rhino that were translocated to Chad from South Africa in May, marking the return of the species to this Central African country after almost 46 years. To read the joint statement, please click the link in our bio. Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "Waking up early in the morning to the sounds of the bush, and enjoying a moment at the campfire with your coffee. A perf" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1882528642807397331

Waking up early in the morning to the sounds of the bush, and enjoying a moment at the campfire with your coffee. A perfect start to a day of exploration of the Sahelian bush in Zakouma. Photo by @ruthnussbaum

 image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "Change is in the air in Zakouma! The sky is looking suspiciously blue, the grass is changing colour from green to brown " - 1879049749303511239
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Change is in the air in Zakouma! The sky is looking suspiciously blue, the grass is changing colour from green to brown and the temperature and humidity are on the rise. The dry season is approaching. We are excited to start exploring the park again as the water recedes, and enjoy the wildlife up close. Photo by @lifethroughalensphotography

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "A buffalo herd enjoying a good mud bath in Zakouma. Even though the temperatures are lower during the wet season, the in" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1870386519517842665

A buffalo herd enjoying a good mud bath in Zakouma. Even though the temperatures are lower during the wet season, the insects are on their best and tend to make all four legged mammals itchy this time of the year. A good layer of mud works as a perfect protective screen for the bugs!

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "Four months after the historical reintroduction of black rhino in Chad, all six rhinos have adapted extremely well to th" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1868121104641015797

Four months after the historical reintroduction of black rhino in Chad, all six rhinos have adapted extremely well to their new environment and are sighted daily by the rhino monitoring teams. Here is Hilmal Watane, a male of about 6 years, hidden between the dense vegetation of Zakouma's wet season.

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "Good Sunday morning! How would you feel about waking up here, with breakfast waiting for you in this Nomad tent with the" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1859366292916312572

Good Sunday morning! How would you feel about waking up here, with breakfast waiting for you in this Nomad tent with the most stunning view? Photo by Tom Parker

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "They are rather intimidating, these buffalo bulls in Zakouma. Fantastic close-up of a muddy buffalo by photographer Mich" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1855769997656025677

They are rather intimidating, these buffalo bulls in Zakouma. Fantastic close-up of a muddy buffalo by photographer Michael Viljoen.

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "An elephant feeding in the acacia during an early morning in the dry  season. This is the most magical time of the day d" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1854968722249082368

An elephant feeding in the acacia during an early morning in the dry season. This is the most magical time of the day during the hot, dry season, when the air is still crisp and clear, and the first rays of sunlight peek out from behind the trees. Photo by @brentstirton

 image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "The most critical part of protecting an area such as Zakouma; engagement with the community. 
We are very fortunate to w" - 1852881177017100330
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The most critical part of protecting an area such as Zakouma; engagement with the community. We are very fortunate to work with the most amazing people around the park, who have experienced the benefits of the intensive protection of the elephants and how it has helped to bring stability and employment to the region. Photo by @brentstirton

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "As summer comes to an end, are you already mesmerising where to go on your winter break? Come and explore Zakouma, and e" at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1851369740520380298

As summer comes to an end, are you already mesmerising where to go on your winter break? Come and explore Zakouma, and experience conservation at first hand. We are open from November until May! Contact zakoumatourism@africanparks.org for more info. Photo @kyledenobrega

 Instagram Image by Zakouma National Park (@zakouma_national_park) with caption : "For those of you that have seen Zakouma in the dry season, it will be difficult to believe that this is Rigueik when it " at Zakouma, Salamat, Chad - 1837723213784442244

For those of you that have seen Zakouma in the dry season, it will be difficult to believe that this is Rigueik when it is flooded! While under water at the moment, this area is one of the peak game viewing areas in Zakouma during the dry seasons, where thousands of birds and mammals congregate around the remaining water pools.