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. This is, however, a story of hope for rhinos, where conservationists, individuals, as well as industry and tourism professionals roll up their sleeves and do something positive for two species that cannot speak for themselves and cannot protect themselves from our greed, corruption and abject stupidity. If we can counter every unkindness with a kindness, every selfish act with a selfless one, and every atrocity against nature, with an equal and opposite proactive move like ‘Rhinos Without Borders,’ we will slowly win this battle for Africa.
The resettlement of individual animals must be planned for the long term and carried out with great care under strict secrecy. Donations are primarily used for transport, but also for the training of ‘anti-poaching’ teams, which protect the animals in their new home.
2019 - Community outreach in Botswana - Donation of US$ 20,000
Long-term conservation is only possible with the support and partnership of local communities. Great Plains Foundation recognizes this critical element and is working with local communities to engage them in positive and constructive conservation strategies related to the relocated rhino.
2019 - Support the Rhino Monitoring in Botswana - Donation of US$ 20,000
Following the successful introduction of rhinos in Botswana, our ultimate goal is to protect and safeguard the rhinos. The ultimate legacy of Rhinos Without Borders is future generations of wild rhino.
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.
Planned annual allocation to cover running costs US$25'000
Our partners for this project
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.
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