Rhinos Without Borders
Rhinos Without Borders is an initiative aimed at combatting the scourge of rhino poaching in Africa.
The project was born out of the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino to another country, during which &Beyond translocated six white rhino from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Facilitated in partnership with RHINO FORCE in 2013, this conservation coup was generously funded by lead sponsor Motorite Administrators.
In 2015 alone, South Africa lost more than a devastating 1 175 rhino to illegal poaching, with a rhino killed every seven hours. More of these magnificent animals are now being lost to poachers every year than there are being born. &Beyond believes by carrying out translocations and diversifying rhino nucleus nodes, &Beyond is playing are fundamental role in securing the ongoing survival of endangered species and this project aims to increase Africa’s dwindling rhino populations for future generations to enjoy. The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat and Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place, with the country’s military helping to protect the endangered species.
After years of negotiation and planning, the initial translocation of the Rhinos Without Borders project was begun in early 2013 with the full support of the Botswana Rhino Management Committee.
As part of the process of transferring skills and preparing for the arrival of the rhino, &Beyond provided intensive tracking and monitoring training for game scouts from Botswana, held at Phinda Private Game Reserve. The game scouts were familiarised with the use of the satellite collars and tracking equipment intended to monitor the movement and behaviour of the six rhino after their release. A portion of this equipment, as well as anti-poaching uniforms and binoculars, was supplied by the Chipembere Rhino Foundation.
With all six of the translocated rhino thriving in their new habitat, in 2014 &Beyond partnered with Great Plains Conservation to move more than an additional hundred rhino from South Africa to Botswana. This project, which is expected to run over a number of years, calls on all members of the travel industry to join hands in order to make a difference. With over USD 8 million required to cover the costs of the project, both &Beyond and Great Plains have embarked on a number of fundraising activities. Thanks to generous donations from around the world, the translocation of further batches of rhino has been successfully completed from South Africa, by air, and the rhino have been safely released in their new habitat.
Continuous funds are being raised to move further batches of rhino to undisclosed destinations within Botswana.
For more information or to donate to the cause, please visit www.rhinoswithoutborders.com