July 14th 2014  |   Conservation Safaris, Miscellaneous  |  by   Charlotte Opperman
Rhino being rescued into a truck for relocation

With rhino poaching at an all-time high in South Africa, two of Africa’s leading conservation companies, Great Plains Conservation and & Beyond, have joined forces to relocate some 100 rhino from South Africa to Botswana. Currently one rhino is being poached every nine hours. The official figure is 1,004 dead in 2013, although unofficially the number is likely to be higher as they are simply not all found. Botswana’s wildlife parks have an excellent system in place to protect these endangered species and will be a safe haven for the relocated rhino. After a successful translocation of six rhino from South Africa to Botswana last year, up to 100 South African rhino will be captured and released into Botswana’s wilderness. Each will be tagged and micro-chipped for research and a dedicated anti-poaching team will monitor the animals using the latest technology. Costing some US$8 million, it is hoped that this ground breaking project will protect the species for future generations to enjoy. Both Great Plains Conservation and & Beyond will announce fundraising initiatives to enable tour operators and guests to help save this iconic species and the team at Aardvark Safaris will be keeping a close eye on the project. We wish these two companies every success with this fantastic initiative. Find out how you can help with this conservation work.

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