Rhino Relocation 2017
2017 - Felix travels to Botswana! - Donation of US$ 45,000

The SwissAfrican Foundation joined forces with the Great Plains Foundation & andBeyond to move several rhino from South Africa to Botswana at the end of March 2017. The SwissAfrican Foundation contributed to moving one rhino at a cost of US$ 45,000.

Many thanks to all our donors! > Great Plains Foundation sponsor page

Subject: Felix
Age: 7
Species: Rhino, White
Sex: Male
Weight: 1'424 kg
The twelve rhinos were taken to Durban and then flown by the Botswana Defense Force in a large transport plane to the Okavango Delta. Four rhinos were transported per flight, with the whole process taking about a week. South Africa loses more than 1,000 rhinos every year to poachers, and there is a risk that the stock in South Africa will be completely eradicated.

We had the opportunity to experience and document the arrival of the rhinos in Botswana. The approach of a 4-engined Lockheed C-130 Hercules military aircraft on a small runway in the Okavango Delta, accompanied by the loud howling of engines and a lot of whirling dust, was definitely more impressive than the Cessna Caravans or C206s that usually land here.

But today's guests weighed between 800 kg and 1.5 tons, and sported two distinctive and serious-looking horns! The arrival of the rhinos was cause for great celebration and the President of Botswana, His Excellency Ian Khama, and the Minister of the Environment, Minister Tshekedi Khama, who were also present, were delighted to greet their most recent guests.

The rhinos were unloaded one by one and flown to a safe location with a Bell Huey helicopter. They were each given an antidote to the sedative, and within seconds all the rhinos woke up to their new life in Botswana.

We are delighted for FELIX that he has found a new and safe home in Botswana.