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RHINO TRANSLOCATION 2013

Founded on our core ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife, Care of the People, @Beyond has made a significant and ongoing contribution to the protection of the rhino for more than 20 years. In our latest initiative and with help from our sponsors, RHINO FORCE and Motorite, @Beyond has donated six white rhino from our private game reserve in South Africa to be moved to Botswana. The rhino will be translocated starting in Feb. 2013. Read more about it by going to the links below.

 
 
   

 
 
   

 



UNFORGETTABLE STORIES
08 April 2013

RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS: WATCH OUR SECOND VIDEO

We are delighted to launch Part Two of our remarkable Rhinos Without Borders story. The first video focused on the vast preparation that was necessary for this translocation to happen and the carefully selected team that would ensure its success.

This second video features the rhino capture itself,an exciting day when all six rhino were successfully darted and safely transported to a quarantine boma at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. It also introduces our fantastic sponsors, without whom this translocation would not have been possible.

Watch this space for our next video, coming soon!

NEWSFLASH

RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS: We are delighted to announce that the 6 rhino have now been safely translocated from & Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to the safe haven of Botswana. A big thank you to our donors and sponsors, without whom this would not have been possible: Africa Foundation, Motorite Administrators, RHINO FORCE and Chipembere Rhino Foundation. CLICK HERE to watch the exciting YouTube video and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates.


UNFORGETTABLE STORIES
13 May 2013

RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS: WATCH & SHARE OUR THIRD VIDEO

We are delighted to launch Part Three of our remarkable /Rhinos Without Borders/ story. The first video focused on the vast preparation that was necessary for this translocation to happen and the carefully selected team that would ensure its success. The second video featured the rhino capture itself, an exciting day when all six rhino were successfully darted and safely transported to a quarantine boma at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. It also introduced our fantastic sponsors, without whom this translocation would not have been possible.

This _third video highlights just how incredible and highly emotive the journey has been. Watch as the team embarks on a gruelling 48-hour security-escorted journey from &Beyond Phinda, through the Ramatlabama border post and
onwards to the Okavango Delta.


  Watch this space for our final video, coming soon!


BREAKING NEWS

16 May 2013

OUR SIX TRANSLOCATED RHINOS HAVE OFFICIALLY BEEN RELEASED

Okavango Delta, Botswana

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the six translocated rhino were officially released earlier today to roam free in the Okavango Delta. The entrance to the boma where the animals have been acclimatised for the past few weeks was opened and one or two rhino ventured out at a time, returning to feed. Upon feeding, four rhino went out to explore, leaving two bulls behind. They were walking with intent, stopping to graze and drink water every now and then. It has also been confirmed that one of the three females is actually pregnant and will deliver a calf in five to six months’ time. Excellent news all around!

All six rhino have been collared and microchipped for research and monitoring purposes and they will be tracked daily by our research team. The information gathered will help guide and secure future translocations. Guests visiting our lodges in the Okavango Delta will also be able to enjoy guided nature walks with our expert guides to view these endangered animals in their new home.

Rhino poaching in South Africa has reached critical levels with two to three rhino poached every day and &Beyond continues to do all we can to protect this species. Three suspected rhino poachers were arrested in the town of Jozini, just north of &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve on 10 May 2013. They were intercepted in a joint operation by the Phinda Anti-Poaching Unit (Nyathi APU Security), SAPS Empangeni Canine Unit, EKZN Wildlife and SAPS Durban Organised Crime Unit. With poaching at an all-time high, &Beyond therefore decided to move these six rhino from Phinda all the way to Botswana where they will be protected 24/7. Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place whereby the Department of Wildlife Anti-Poaching Unit and the Botswana Defence Force help to protect the species.

A big thank you to everyone involved in this exciting project, especially our sponsors Motorite Administrators, RHINO FORCE, Africa Foundation and Chipembere Rhino Foundation, without whom this project would not have been possible.


 UNFORGETTABLE STORIES

18 June 2013

RHINOS WITHOUT BORDERS: WATCH & SHARE OUR FINAL VIDEO

We are delighted to launch Part Four of our remarkable Rhinos Without Borders story.

The first video focused on the vast preparation that was necessary for this translocation to happen and the carefully selected team that would ensure its success.

The second video featured the rhino capture itself, an exciting day when all six rhino were successfully darted and safely transported to a quarantine boma at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve. It also introduced our fantastic sponsors, without whom this translocation would not have been possible.

The third video highlighted just how incredible and highly emotive the journey was, as the team embarked on a gruelling 48-hour security-escorted drive from &Beyond Phinda, through the Ramatlabama border post and onwards to the Okavango Delta.

This fourth and final video documents the handover ceremony with the President of Botswana, whereby the six rhino were officially donated to the people of Botswana. Watch as the boma fence comes down and the rhino are released into the wild, there they now roam free.


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