A Rhino philanthropy project with a goal of relocating 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana, Rhinos Without Borders has taken on a huge undertaking. Ker & Downey is a proud supporter of this rhino philanthropy project. Get involved and make a difference!
The first time you fly over the Okavango Delta and see herds of elephant trundle over the floodplains you are left in awe. Africa is such a magnificent continent, vast with incredible wildlife. Seeing Africa for the first time instills in one the desire to preserve it for those that follow.
The most pressing issue in Africa right now is the poaching of rhino. In the 1900s, it was estimated only 50 rhino were left in the wild. Through heroic conservation efforts, their numbers were increased to 20,000 in 2008. But poaching of the rhino is on the rise and again we are once more faced with dwindling herds of rhino. Horn is one of the most valuable natural commodities in the world right now and the rate at which rhinos are being killed for it today is alarming.
We’ve partnered with Great Plains Conservation and the Rhinos Without Borders project to help move the endangered rhinos away from poaching hot spots to safer environments. The project aims to relocate 100 white rhino from South Africa parks to Botswana where they can be closely monitored with specially-designed telemetry devices. Botswana has a “no tolerance policy” when it comes to poaching and because of that, has a very low poaching rate.
But moving rhinos isn’t cheap or easy. In order to shorten the journey and create less stress on the rhinos, they are transported by air as opposed to open road. The cost to move them will total $4.5 million, or about $45,000 for each one moved. Ker & Downey has committed to donate $70,000 to the project. So far, 25 rhinos have been moved to Botswana.
Protecting the wildlife of Africa is a joint effort and Ker & Downey is glad to partner with Great Plains Conservation to assist in the Rhinos Without Borders rhino philanthropy project. You can partner with us too. For more information, contact your Ker & Downey Travel Professional.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been updated to reflect the most recent information.