Saving Rhinos Through Tourism
Botswana regarded as “safe haven” for groundbreaking rhino conservation project
In the first-ever private game reserve donation of rhino, “&Beyond” has earmarked six white rhino to be translocated from "&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve" in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat, in part because Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place whereby the government helps to protect the species.
After years of negotiation and planning, the translocation process has begun. Since October 2012, game scouts from Botswana have traveled to "&Beyond Phinda" to undergo intensive tracking and monitoring training, as they were not familiar with white rhino behavior in the southern part of the Delta. Capture-and-release bomas were built in South Africa and Botswana respectively, permits obtained and various conservation initiatives set in place to ensure that the six carefully selected rhino arrive at their destination safely.
“&Beyond” has made a significant contribution to the protection of rhino over the past 20 years. This project, with the final release of the six rhino scheduled to take place in April 2013, not only highlights the company’s commitment to its core ethic of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People, but also recognizes the Botswana government’s commitment and effectiveness to successful wildlife conservation.
Check out the “Rhinos Without Borders” clip for updates on the project and watch as the story unfolds.
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Source: Botswana Tourism Board (US)