Great Plains Conservation has committed alongside industry partner andBeyond to 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.
Since the project began, we have moved 87 rhino and our dedicated rhino monitoring team has reported the birth of 18 calves in their new home! Due to the generosity of individuals, the tourism industry, and our partners, we are over half-way to our goal of raising funds to move 100 rhino. Join us in ensuring these animals can continue to roam free!
Why Are We Doing This?
This initiative is about taking rhinos from existing, high-density populations which are attracting more and more poaching, and releasing them into the wild within a country that has low densities of rhino and the best anti-poaching record on the continent. It also secures rhino breeding diversity and provides a nucleus of stock in a different location, so that these animals are not all concentrated in one location. It’s not a rescue, but it could be considered an Ark for rhino genes.
This is, however, a story of hope for rhinos, where conservationists, individuals, as well as industry and tourism professionals, roll up their sleeves and do something positive for two species that cannot speak for themselves and cannot protect themselves from our greed, corruption and abject stupidity.
If we can counter every unkindness with a kindness, every selfish act with a selfless one, and every atrocity against nature, with an equal and opposite proactive move like ‘Rhinos Without Borders,’ we will slowly win this battle for Africa.
‘Rhinos Without Borders’ is a joint venture between Great Plains Conservation and andBeyond combining our joint fundraising and project management efforts.