Teaming up for Rhinos

Black Rhino

Two safari lodge companies, two of the best in fact, are joining forces for rhinos.

As poaching in South Africa reaches record highs – one figure that’s nothing to brag about – Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond have announced that they will together transport as many as 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana.

“There is a battle for Africa’s wildlife raging as we speak,” said Great Plains CEO and award-winning documentary maker Dereck Joubert.

A white rhino at Phinda, South Africa

The official number of poached rhino in 2013 was 1004, he said, and that was why the two companies, which have some of the highest-rated lodges and camps in Africa (including the award-winning Mnemba Island, Phinda, Zarafa and Ol Donyo Lodge) decided to take action.

“Botswana has an excellent security system in place to protect these endangered animals and will be a safe haven for the relocated rhino,” says Joss Kent, &Beyond’s CEO.

&Beyond  relocated six rhino from South Africa to Botswana last year.

The operation, named Zeros for Rhinos, will cost $8 million and both Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond will announce specific fundraising initiatives to fund it, the companies said in a statement this week.

“This is not a Great Plains Conservation project or an &Beyond one, it is a global one that we can all play a role in, small and large. I don’t believe in branded conservation — it needs to be something we all get behind to save a species,” said  Joubert.

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