WCS sponsored an initiative to move rhinos from South Africa, a rhino poaching “hot Zone”, to Botswana, a safer zone that has one of the best anti-poaching records in Africa.
Partner/agent Great Plains Conservation conducted a project with tourism partners &Beyond and the Botswana government to relocate at least 100 rhinos from high poaching areas in South Africa to safer, controlled areas in Botswana.
The relocation project aims to repopulate Botswana’s wild herds, and create a breeding nucleus that will serve to supplement the more protected rhino population in Botswana.
A large female from the first batch of rhinos relocated. She is blindfolded so there is no residual visual knowledge of human interference.