A Project of Hope for the Rhinos of Southern Africa

July 29 2016

Great Plains Conservation and andBeyond, two leading conservation and tourism companies, have teamed up undertake a relocation of rhinos on a magnitude never done before – to relocate no less than 100 rhino from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana. By mid-2015, this relocation operation will take place with an assertive and elaborate anti-poaching force and strong commitment to save this species.

A lot has happened in the Rhinos Without Borders project in the last few months. They moved the second batch of rhinos last November which was a tough relocation because they were asked to change the drop locations at the last minute due to security concerns. Fast-forward 7 months and it was time to take advantage of the cold weather and move the remaining rhino that were “renting a home” at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, onward to their freedom in the Okavango Delta.

2016 and onwards...

  • Great Plains want to bring the Rhino Monitoring team up to 20 men, with six vehicles between them.
  • They have started discussions with South African National Parks to get the next batch of rhinos. They can afford another 30 now with the present pledges, donations and budget.
  • The next adventure, or experiment, under consideration is one where they ‘foster care’ orphaned rhinos from poaching incidents. There are a number of babies rescued from their mother’s sides in South Africa who have no future in the wild at all because they cannot learn how to avoid predators from us as humans. But, they might be able to learn these skills from a female that adopts them. They will give it a try and see if a female rhino and an orphaned calf can be introduced and if it takes, this may well be the ONLY hope of introducing those babies back into the wild.

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