&Beyond have already successfully translocated six rhinos last year and their conservation team will lead the project. It is not without risk but is a necessity as the poaching around the South Africa/Mozambique border is rife and has now become a war as the military have had to take over. The problem is that poaching is funded and fuelled by influential people, armed drug cartels and corrupt countries. The demand for rhino horn is increasing, especially in Vietnam and Cambodia where they believe it is an aphrodisiac.
Clearly, both Great Plains & &Beyond see this initiative as something that is within their power to take action on. They cannot change demand and/or influence Governments, but they are still doing what they can with the resources available to them. They run some of the best camps in Botswana and through that can help to fund conservation within the region. I am very lucky to have spent time in their camps, witnessed the incredible wildlife and seen rhino grazing in the Okavango.
Just by going to their camps means you are helping to conserve this incredible area. So far the project has raised enough money to fund ten rhinos, but there are still ninety left. Each rhino costs approximately £53,000 to relocate so they need help.
Should you wish to donate to this project there are a few ways:
- Give a direct donation via their website
- If you would rather give a substantial amount, please do get in touch with us and we will put you directly in touch with Joss & his team.
- Travel to Botswana and stay in their camps
If you would like any more information about rhino conservation, Botswana or anything related, please do let us know