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.
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.
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!
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.
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