30th Jan 2014 12:32pm | By Editor
With rhino poaching at an all–time high in South Africa, two of Africa’s leading conservation companies have joined forces to safely translocate up to 100 rhino from South Africa to the safe haven of Botswana.
Having successfully translocated six rhino from South Africa to Botswana last year, &Beyond’s conservation team will lend its expertise to the project, which is being run by Great Plains Conservation.
Up to 100 rhino will be captured and safely transported from South Africa, and released in Botswana’s remote wilderness.
Before being released, each rhino will be tagged and microchipped for research and monitoring purposes. A dedicated anti–poaching team will then work in conjunction with the Botswana government agencies to monitor the animals using the latest technology.
Dereck Joubert from Great Plains is hopeful that this plan will help to being rhinos back from the brink of extinction. "There is a battle for Africa’s wildlife raging as we speak," he says. "hinos are being poached at a rate of one every nine hours, and the official number is 1,004 dead in 2013 alone.