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Statement from the CEO: Incident in Akagera National Park, Rwanda
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June 7 2017

 

Dear Friends,


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. Kris was instrumental in supporting the reintroduction efforts of the black rhino into Akagera, and was on the ground training rangers how to track and protect them. 

While his family has been informed, details of the incident are still being gathered. Krisztián was a rhino specialist with more than five years of experience monitoring and conserving rhinos in both Majete Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park in Malawi. His Master’s degree was on habitat capacity on the black rhinoceros in Majete, and he had been carrying out his PhD research on the conservation ecology of the black rhinoceros in Liwonde since 2012. He leaves behind his wife Orsi and his young daughter. This is a tremendous loss for all of us, especially for rhino conservation efforts in Africa. 

Our deepest condolences are with his family


Sincerely,
Peter Fearnhead 
CEO
African Parks
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks manages 11 national parks and protected areas in eight countries covering six and a half million hectares: Malawi, Zambia, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Chad. Visit www.african-parks.org to learn more.
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