Court in Northern Tanzania has sentenced three men to 30 years in jail after finding them guilty for killing a rhino in Serengeti National Park.
The trio Including two brothers were also facing counts of unlawful possession of Tanzania government trophies and a firearm which is believed to have been used in the Murder of George the Rhino.
“Each of the accused will serve ten years in Jail for each of the three counts. that is killing George the Rhino, illegal possession of government trophies and a fire arm,” said Resident Magistrate Emmanuel Ngaile
George was one of the three Rhinos imported from South Africa by Tanzania Tourism Ministry in 2010 to boost the Rhino family in the Serengeti National Park that was facing great extinction.
Serengeti National park covers 14,750 square kilometers (5,700 sq mi) of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. The park is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile.
The park also supports many other species, including Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, spotted hyena, striped hyena, baboon, impala, East African wild dog, and Masai giraffe. It boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich, secretary bird, kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial eagle, lovebirds, and many species of vultures, making it one of the world’s prestigious National Parks.