Great Plains Conservation has committed alongside industry partner andBeyond to undertake a relocation of rhinos on a magnitude never done before – to relocate no less than 100 rhino from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana. By mid-2015, this relocation operation will take place with an assertive and elaborate anti-poaching force and strong commitment to save this species.
This initiative is about taking rhinos from existing, high density populations which are attracting more and more poaching, and releasing them into the wild within a country that has low densities of rhino and the best anti- poaching record on the continent. It also secures rhino breeding diversity and provides a nucleus of stock in a different location, so that these animals are not all concentrated in one location. It’s not a rescue, but it could be considered an Ark for rhino genes.
This is, however, a story of hope for rhinos, where conservationists, individuals, as well as industry and tourism professionals roll up their sleeves and do something positive for two species that cannot speak for themselves and cannot protect themselves from our greed, corruption and abject stupidity.
If we can counter every unkindness with a kindness, every selfish act with a selfless one, and every atrocity against nature, with an equal and opposite proactive move like ‘Rhinos Without Borders,’ we will slowly win this battle for Africa.
‘Rhinos Without Borders’ is a joint venture between Great Plains Conservation and andBeyond combining our joint fundraising and project management efforts.
Our fundraising initiative - ZEROS FOR RHINOS – will hopefully make a positive change in saving this species. We are set to gain nothing from it, apart from the knowledge that we have saved rhino for future generations to enjoy. YOU CAN JOIN US ON SAFARI FOR FREE! Well, for the rhinos.
Our fundraising campaign, Zeros For Rhinos, will ensure this relocation initiative is a success; striving to rescue this treasured species from spiraling to extinction. Great Plains Foundation, our non-profit partner, will raise the funds to do it, and every dollar counts.
As a fundraiser, Great Plains Conservation has contributed a limited number of safari bednights to the Great Plains Foundation. The cost of your stay in these camps goes to the fundraising efforts of the Zeros for Rhinos initiative!
Join us at Zarafa, Selinda or Selinda Explorers or Duba Plains Camps - an exclusive way of experiencing Africa while contributing to this tremendous initiative! Included in this limited offer are value-add surprises in camp.**
Contact and additional details:
Caitlin Carter of Great Plains Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
Can't come on safari? We'll miss you, but you can still contribute to the Rhinos Without Borders campaign. Any amount counts and matters - $10 from many people will very quickly add up.
Want to know more about this initiative and how we will do it? Read a Q and A with Dereck Joubert here.
**Applicable seasons: 01 Nov 2014 – 31 May, 2015 (excluding 19 Dec ‘14 to 10 Jan ‘15). A 20% non-refundable reservation is required upon confirmation reservation. Cancelled travel is subject to cancellation penalties, as funds will be committed to the Zeros For Rhinos effort. If the Zeros for Rhinos reserve is not met then funds may be applied to other projects administered by Great Plains Foundation. Full Terms & Conditions available.