The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) was started in 2003 to counter the dramatic decrease in numbers of black rhino, which led to their near extinction in the 1990s. The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Board. It is supported by the Ford Wildlife Foundation.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve was the first private reserve to receive black rhino as part of this historic project when 15 rhino were introduced to the reserve in 2004. &Beyond Phinda was selected to take part in this initiative by the WWF due to our proven successes in conservation and community work, which meant that the experience and platforms were in place to support the project. The first black rhino calf was conceived and born at &Beyond Phinda in 2007. The mother was introduced to the reserve in 2004 and was the first animal translocated as part of this project to give birth to a calf in her new home.
Each year since then has seen new black rhino calves born on the reserve.