Rhinos Without Borders
Increasing at an alarming rate, poaching is now at an all-time high in Africa. Fuelled by rising demand, the illegal trade in ivory and rhino horn has seen the number of elephant and rhino poached throughout Africa rise significantly in recent years. This ominous trend can only be reversed if governments, conservation-minded companies and concerned citizens unite and take immediate action, standing shoulder-to-shoulder. The continued survival of these species is at stake - 2011 saw the western black rhino subspecies declared extinct by the IUCN. In 2013, over 1 000 rhino were poached in South Africa alone, up from 668 in 2012, and 448 in 2011. It is time for passionate conservationists around the world to come together and help save this magnificent animal.
Saving the Rhino with &Beyond
Following the successful donation and translocation of six rhino from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in north-eastern KwaZulu –Natal in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta in 2013, &Beyond is going even further in its efforts to secure the future of these rare and unique animals. Through the Rhinos Without Borders initiative, &Beyond, in conjunction with industry partners and various government ministries, has committed to moving up to 100 rhinos (both black and white) from existing high density populations in South Africa, and releasing them into the wild in various parts of Botswana, a country with traditionally low rhino densities and stringent anti-poaching measures. Current timing is estimated for early 2015.
At a Glance
- ObjectivesIn addition to boosting anti-poaching efforts in both countries, the project ultimately aims to increase the geographical spread of the rhino population throughout Southern Africa, at the same time introducing new rhino genes into Botswana. Both of these actions are aimed at decreasing the threat of extinction posed by poaching.
- FundingAiming to raise US $8 million in funding, the Rhinos Without Borders project will invest 30% of this amount in the continued conservation, protection and monitoring of the source population in South Africa. An additional 40% will go towards the actual capture, transport, holding bomas, quarantine and release of the animals, and the remaining 30% will be invested in anti-poaching and security infrastructure in Botswana.
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