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.
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.