Sixteen months ago the Rhinos Without Borders initiative set out to translocate 100 rhino from South Africa, where poaching is increasing at an alarming rate, to the comparative safety of neighbouring Botswana, renowned for its anti-poaching initiatives. What started as a dream has now become reality with the successful release of the first batch of rhino in their new home in Botswana.
Rhinos Without Borders is proud to have succeeded in moving the first batch of rhino out of a high-risk poaching environment. With 393 rhino killed in South Africa in the first four months of 2015 and one rhino poached every seven hours, it is likely that some of the rhino that have been safely translocated would have been poached by now if they had remained in South Africa.
Supported by a joint partnership between &Beyond and Great Plains Conservation, Rhinos Without Borders has proved that it is an initiative that believes in taking action, with both partners justifiably proud of this initial achievement. The project remains focused and committed to raising enough funds to complete the goal of translocating 100 rhino. Enough money has now been raised to move the next batch of animals, subject to sourcing donated rhino, with phase two of the project well under way.
&Beyond and Great Plains Conservation partnership
Through the Rhinos Without Borders initiative, &Beyond, in partnership with Great Plains Conservation, as well as various government ministries, has committed to moving 100 rhino (both black and white) from high risk areas in South Africa to the comparative safety of Botswana, where rhino poaching is virtually unheard of. Working in a phased approach, Rhinos Without Borders completed the translocation of the first batch of rhino in early 2015.
Botswana has been chosen as the destination for the translocated rhino as it is considered the most protected and secure location in Africa. The country boasts the lowest poaching rate on the continent, an anti-poaching unit supported by the country’s military, a strict anti-poaching policy and intense government interest in conservation. The rhino are being translocated to a number of undisclosed locations throughout the country, where they will roam free in the wild.
&Beyond and Great Plains Conservation share a common mission and commitment to preserving Africa’s land and wildlife, and believe that, together, they can make a difference. Working together to save a species, the two companies have shown the impact that can be made by uniting for the greater good.
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.
- FundingRhinos Without Borders funding generated through donations will go towards the conservation and protection of rhino. Out of the total collected, 40% will pay for the capture, transport, quarantine and release of the animals, whereas 60% will be dedicated to the continued conservation, protection and monitoring of the species, spread evenly between the rhino populations at source and destination.
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