In danger of exctinction

10

January, 2018

Rhinoceros
Conservation
Poaching
Relocation

Rhino Conservation in Botswana.

 

Many of us know about the plight of the rhino. They are being poached to extinction. That might sound like an exaggeration but at the current rate of poaching the black and white rhinos of southern Africa will be extinct by 2024.

On a positive note organisations are working together with government to try to save the species. One such collaboration is Rhinos without Borders. Their mission is to relocate 100 rhinos from high risk South Africa to Botswana, where poaching is virtually non-existent. This is no mean feat given the size and weight of these animals, but they are almost there – check out some of the numbers below.

Sable Alley Camp

All photographs copyright Beverly Joubert

 

 

  • There are 5 species of rhino. The black and white rhino are found in Africa
  • Every 8 hours a rhino is poached
  • The gestation period of a white rhino is 16 months – soon the poaching will overtake the birthrate
  • 45,000 US Dollars is the cost to relocate 1 rhino
  • As of November last year, 77 rhinos of the 100 target had been successfully relocated to the Botswana wilderness
  • 22 September is World Rhino Day
  • Rhinos can run up to speeds of 30 mph

20,000 white rhino and 5,000 black rhino remain in the wild today and without organisations like Rhinos Without Borders and the generous support they receive from the public, the plight of the rhino could be far worse than it is.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world”
Mahatma Gandhi

Botswana has always been at the forefront of conservation of both species and habitat. They no longer allow trophy hunting and their zero tolerance policy to poaching has reduced poaching in the country to a very low rate making it a perfect option for the relocation of 100 rhinos. Rhinos without borders are on their way to completing their initial target of relocating 100 rhinos, but it doesn’t stop there. They continue to monitor and protect them in their new home in Botswana.

To read more about Rhinos Without Borders visit their website www.rhinoswithoutborders.com

All photographs copyright Beverly Joubert