What it Takes to Save a Rhino - Video Shorts

Hannah Champion

20 Nov 2015

Saving rhinos: An inspiring series of short videos

Rhinos, the prehistoric horned pachyderms are now one of the most endangered species in the world. This is no thanks to humans – their number one threat - who predominantly hunt them for their high-value horn, despite this being made of keratin; a natural protein available in so many other forms.

Safeguarding the ever-diminishing rhino population is a constant battle many worldwide are trying to combat on a daily basis. A variety of techniques are needed; from anti-poaching units and veterinarians to education and fundraising so as to raise the level of awareness necessary for the protection and longevity of the species.

In order to portray the importance of rhino preservation, award-winning conservation and wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert are creating a series of film clips - “What it takes to save a rhino” – via their new, inspiring Instagram account.

Translocation, is a “very well researched and practiced method” which has saved rhinos from extinction before and will hopefully be the best method of preserving them again. However, this is a costly and challenging task which involves a number of qualified individuals with both the passion and skills needed to succeed.

Once the rhinos are located, professional conservation pilots use their helicopters to herd them to a suitable area so the team on the ground can safely dart and carry out the tests needed to proceed with the translocation.

Watch the FIRST episodes:

Part One | Part Two | Part Three
Further episodes can be accessed via their Instagram account dereckjoubert.

Working as part of the Great Plains Foundation and Rhinos Without Borders, Dereck and Beverly are fighting for the lives of the world’s most precious and endangered species.

The greatest need now, is what I call “The Battle for Africa”, and it will ultimately involve three species: lions, rhinos and elephants. If we save those we have a hope. – Dereck Joubert

Follow their inspirational journey on Instagram #HowToSaveARhino #RhinosWithoutBorders

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