Rhino Protection, Botswana
The rhino is an acutely endangered species. A rapid increase in poaching over the last few years has greatly depleted the remaining population in southern Africa. With a reputation for rescuing rhinos spanning 20 years, Wilderness Safaris has created a new rhino nucleus on Chief's Island in Botswana, which now mates and multiplies successfully.
Since 2015, Great Plains & andBeyond have also been helping with the Rhinos Without Borders project to move rhinos from areas threatened by poaching to more remote and sheltered areas. This not only protects the animals from the dangers of poaching, but also provides a healthy genetic boost to and distribution of the existing rhino population in southern Africa..
The resettlement of individual animals had to be planned for the long term and was carried out with great care under strict secrecy. Our initial donations were primarily used for transport. In a second step, the aim is to finance the monitoring and protection of rhinos in Botswana.
With great pleasure we can say that as of 2020, 40 new Rhino babies have already been born and the rhinos are obviously very comfortable in Botswana. The relocation was a great success!
Rhino Protection, Botswana
Our goal is to continuously finance these projects and to support them with a constant sum every year. This facilitates the annual planning for our partners in Africa.
2022 - Support the Rhino Monitoring in Botswana - Donation of USD 10'000
Rhino Without Borders (RWB) is continuing the strategy of increasing wildlife monitoring of existing rhinos in the Okavango Delta instead of re-locating more animals from South Africa due to the current situation that Covid has created with the devastating loss of tourism and its economic support.
2021 - Support the Rhino Monitoring in Botswana - Donation of USD 10'000
Conservation in Africa in 2021 is still a big challenge. Due to Covid-19, tourists are staying away and funds for nature conservation are lacking. It is absolutely vital that the rangers can continue to do their job and protect the rhinos.
Dereck & Beverly Joubert - Great Plains Foundation
Dereck and Beverly Joubert are globally recognized, award-winning filmmakers, conservationists, and National Geographic explorers-in-large based in Botswana. Their mission for more than 30 years has been the conservation of key wildlife species, with a focus on large predators. They are the owners of Great Plains Conservation, which operates some of the most beautiful camps in Botswana and Kenya. Through the Great Plains Foundation, various nature conservation projects are driven forward.
The Jouberts have published 12 books, produced 30 films for National Geographic, and written half a dozen scientific papers as well as many articles for National Geographic magazine. They have received 8 Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a Grand Teton Award, multiple Golden Panda Awards, a World Ecology Award (along with Britain’s Prince Charles, Sylvia Earle, and paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey), and a Presidential Order of Merit awarded by Botswana’s ex-president, Seretse Khama Ian Khama, for their conservation work.
The Jouberts’ films have received widespread attention and have been viewed by millions of people. Films like «Eternal Enemies», «The Last Lions», «Soul of the Elephant» and their masterpiece «Eye of the Leopard» are known world-wide. For more information, please visit their website www.wildlifefilms.co
All of Dereck & Beverly's work has one goal: to save the wild areas of Africa and protect the wildlife that depends on them. The President of Botswana described them aptly when he said, "Theirs is a life long passion; for each other, for big cats, for Africa...they are true "children of Africa."