The drought in Botswana’s Okavango Delta has forced the postponement of the translocation of the last batch of Rhino to take the total to 100. We have successfully trans-located 87 Rhino so far and the projects commitment to monitor the rhino for 3 years post release continues. When a system is stressed by environmental conditions like drought the risk for trans-located animals increases. This is the reason that we have paused the translocation of the last 13 Rhino that was set for this year.
The project achievements are significant and one of the measures used by Conservationists to asses a project is breeding. We are delighted to inform you all that we have now had a total of 27 calves born to the trans-located rhino by May 2019. The success of the project in this regard is therefore really remarkable.
The co-operation between all the role players in Botswana is a firm focus of the RWB monitoring Team headed by Dr Sven Bourquin and continues to be very successful. The RWB , DWNP , BDF and RCB teams have undertaken many rhino rescues together this year and this has helped build the confidence and capacity to take on these rescues as and when required . The rhino crates that were donated to the DWNP by the various private sector operators and programs have been essential tools during these rescue operations.
The RWB project team continue to monitor the drought situation and will consult the DWNP as soon as conditions improve for us to resume the translocation of Rhino to reach our target of 100 Rhino.