Like you, we watched in horror as rhino poaching escalated in recent years to an unprecedented scale where one rhino is being killed for its horn every nine hours. In 2011, the IUCN declared the western black rhino subspecies extinct. In South Africa alone, rhino deaths to poaching jumped from 448 in 2011 to 1 000 in 2013 and 1 215 in 2014. At the start of 2015, the extinction of this magnificent member of the Big 5 seemed inevitable.
But there is a ray of light in this dark tunnel.
Thanks to the heroic efforts of South African conservationists and national parks, there are enough surviving rhinos to save the species and create a new breeding nucleus. The challenge ahead is to identify and gather together the right individual rhinos to form a wild breeding herd in a protected natural environment, and to achieve this as soon as possible.
In an act of multi-national collaboration between governments, conservationists and tourism companies, Rhinos Without Borders was born to relocate black and white rhinos from vulnerable parks in South Africa to the safety of Botswana, where they will be protected by an elite military unit, Africa’s most advanced anti-poaching personnel with a track record of success and impeccable reputation.
We are working hard to raise $45 000 to move one rhino to safety.
Rhinos Without Borders has identified 100 vulnerable rhino ready to be translocated to Botswana. They need to raise $45 000 per rhino to transport these huge creatures safely and humanely to their new home. We love the fact that the foundation uses less than 2.5% of donations to cover basic bank charges – this is only possible because &Beyond and Great Plains cover the day-to-day running expenses, an emphatic demonstration of their commitment to conserving Africa's wild creatures.
Will you help us move a rhino to safety?
There is already great news: over USD1-million has been raised and 25 rhino have been moved by the beggining of 2016. And the world welcomed the first 'Rhinos Without Borders baby' when a rhino calf was born to a transferred mom at the end of 2015.
Click here to watch Dereck and Beverly Joubert - the founders of Great Plains Conservation and keen conservationists - on The Ellen Show with Ellen Degeneres. They talk about the importance of preserving endangered wildlife, especially elephant and rhino.