Faced with a devastating exponential rise in illegal rhino poaching in South Africa, Rhinos Without Borders was formed in order to start moving these endangered animals away from the poaching hotspots to a safer environment.
The number of rhino being brutally slaughtered continues to escalate at an alarming rate with 1 215 killed in 2014 alone. andBeyond therefore joined forces with like-minded conservation company, Great Plains Conservation, and together have committed to moving 100 rhino to safety.
Where appropriate, the rhinos will be transported by air as opposed to road, in order to shorten the journey and lessen the amount of stress placed on the animals. The budget to translocate just one rhino is USD 45 000. The whole project, including ongoing and monitoring and security, requires a total budget of USD 4.5 million.
Botswana has been carefully selected for its extremely low poaching rates, thanks in part to its “no tolerance” policy when encountering potential threats. Each rhino, when translocated, will be fitted with specially design telemetry devices for ongoing research and monitoring purposes.
Recently, the dream became a reality when the first batch of rhino were successfully translocated from South Africa, by air, and safely released in their new habitat. By taking action, Rhinos Without Borders has succeeded in moving rhinos from a high-risk poaching zone and significantly decreased the likelihood of these endangered animals being killed.
While we continue raising funds to meet the aims of the entire project, we are pleased to announce that sufficient money has been raised to move the next batch of rhino to a different, undisclosed destination within Botswana. These rhino will again be captured in South Africa before being translocated across the border to replenish the population.