Rhinos moved from South Africa to Botswana for safekeeping

Rhinos moved from South Africa to Botswana for safekeeping

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A private safari company has moved six white (Ceratotherium simum) from their home in to in a bid to save them from an out-of-control crisis in their native land. Currently, around two rhinos are killed everyday in South for their horns, which are then smuggled to East Asia.

This month &Beyond translocated six rhinos from their Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The move was made shortly after the company helped arrest a number of poachers near the reserve. &Beyond says in a press release that the rhinos will receive better protection in Botswana.

Moving a white rhino from Phinda Private Game Reserve. Photo by: Roger de la Harpe/&Beyond.

“Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place whereby the Department of Wildlife Anti-Poaching Unit and the Botswana Defence Force help to protect the species,” the tour company writes.

On arrival in Botswana, the team confirmed some good news: one of the females was pregnant. Given on-going security concerns the rhinos will also be monitored 24/7.

“All six rhino have been collared and microchipped for research and monitoring purposes and they will be tracked daily by our research team. The information gathered will help guide and secure future translocations,” the company notes.

“Guests visiting our lodges in the Okavango Delta will also be able to enjoy guided nature walks with our expert guides to view these endangered in their new home.”

In the last 18 months, Africa has lost over 1,000 rhinos to poachers. Rhino horns are sought by consumers in East Asia, who view them as a curative despite scientific evidence to the contrary. Increasing demand in places like Vietnam has pushed illegal rhino horn powder prices past gold.

White rhinos are the world’s most populous, which also makes them the easiest target for poachers. Listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List, around 20,000 white rhinos survive in the wild. The species made an incredible comeback after falling to around just 20-50 animals in the early Twentieth Century due to relentless hunting.

Over 90 percent of the world’s white rhinos are found in South Africa.

Working with sedated rhino. Photo by: Roger de la Harpe/&Beyond.
Translocating one of six rhinos. Photo by: Roger de la Harpe/&Beyond.

This article was written for and re-posted on Focusing on Wildlife.


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Amanda Catherine
Amanda Catherine

now they just need the other countries in africa need to stop trophy hunting

Susan Lee

Too bad the same precautions couldn’t have been created for the black rhinos but every life saved is good news to me.