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!