Rhinos without Borders – A Brilliant Initiative to Fight Against Rhino Poaching
It’s devastating. The thought that one day rhinos will be right there with the dinosaurs: extinct. I want my children to be able to witness these stunning creatures in the wild. And I want my children’s children to be able to see them in person—not in a zoo and not in a textbook.
But more importantly, rhinos are an essential component to Africa and Asia’s eco-systems and the circle of life, and it is vital that we take action to help save the rhino from poaching before it’s too late.
In fact, did you know that one rhino is killed every 9 hours and that in 2013 over 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone?
With support from the African Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to facilitate the development of rural communities living in or adjacent to wildlife conservation areas, Rhinos without Borders was founded by Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond to help conserve the rhino. Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond are two leading conservation and tourism companies that have founded Rhinos without Borders in order to safely move up to 100 rhinos from South Africa—where poaching is at an all time high—to Botswana.
Botswana is home to strong anti-poaching units and low populations of rhino. This translocation is done in an effort to give rhinos more security and reduce their risk of poaching. When rhinos are spread out across various wildlife reserves and parks within South Africa and Botswana, it makes it much more difficult for poachers to concentrate in one area in full force.
Below is a glimpse into the primary objectives of the Rhinos without Borders initiative (from the Rhinos without Border brochure):
The efforts put forth by the Rhinos without Borders organization have been broken down into four phases:
Phase 1: Fundraising – The aim of the organization is to raise USD $8 million for efforts in relocating at least 100 rhinos.
Phase 2: Capture, Translocate, and Release – The process of capturing and relocating rhinos will begin at the beginning of 2015 and will take approximately nine months to complete.
Phase 3: Post Release Assistance – Beginning in the middle of 2015, assistance will be given to Botswana authorities, anti-poaching units, and conservation organizations in order to ensure rhinos are secure after they have been released back into the wild.
Phase 4: Community Education and Outreach – In order for the Rhinos without Borders initiative to succeed, the community needs to be educated, on alert, and take a part in protecting this incredible national resource—the rhino.
There are a variety of ways to get involved in Rhinos without Borders, including making financial donations, and participating in a rescue and release mission. We will be publishing details on how you can help in our next blog post this week—so stay tuned!
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