Australian zoos will take 80 African rhinos over the next four years to help save the endangered species from poaching.
About 80 African rhinos will be brought to Australia over the next four years to help save the endangered species from poaching.
The first group of southern white rhinos are expected to be flown over this year and quarantined at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in NSW before going to zoos across the country, according to The Australian Rhino Project.
Each rhino costs $70,000 to transport, director Ray Dearlove says.
He wants to establish a breeding herd in Australia and reintroduce them to Africa once the threat of poaching decreases.
South Australia's Monarto Zoo is set to take in three rhinos this year and up to 30 over the course of the project.
More than 1300 rhinos were poached last year in South Africa alone, Zoos SA chief Elaine Bensted said.
"We've reached the tipping point where more rhinos are poached each year than are born."