&Beyond Translocates Six Rhino from Phinda to Botswana
&BEYOND TRANSLOCATES SIX RHINO FROM
PHINDA TO BOTSWANA
In the first ever private game reserve donation of rhino to another country, luxury experiential travel company &Beyond is translocating six white rhino from &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Facilitated in partnership with RHINO FORCE, this conservation coup has been generously funded by lead sponsor, Motorite Administrators.
“In 2012 alone, South Africa lost a devastating 668 rhino to illegal poaching, which is a 49% increase from the previous year’s figure of 448. Botswana has an excellent security system in place to protect these endangered animals and will be a safe haven for the six relocated rhino. Translocations are fundamental to secure the ongoing survival of endangered species and this groundbreaking project led by &Beyond’s experienced conservation team aims to increase Africa’s dwindling rhino populations for future generations to enjoy,” says Joss Kent, &Beyond CEO.
As one of southern Africa’s largest independent motor-related insurance administrators, Motorite (www.motorite.co.za) supports this translocation to ensure the ongoing conservation of South Africa and Botswana’s natural heritage.
The Okavango Delta has proven to be a successful rhino relocation habitat and Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place whereby the military helps to protect the species. “It’s the ideal opportunity for us to move our eggs out of one basket,” explains &Beyond Conservation Manager, Les Carlisle. “The project has the full support of the Botswana Rhino Management Committee and we are thrilled to be driving such a vital initiative for rhino conservation in partnership with Motorite.”
After years of negotiation and planning, the translocation process is underway. Game scouts from Botswana have undergone intensive tracking and monitoring training at &Beyond Phinda. The movement and behaviour of the six rhino will be closely monitored using satellite collars and telemetry and tracking equipment. A portion of this equipment as well as anti-poaching uniforms and binoculars have been supplied by the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (www.chipembere.org).
&Beyond has made a significant contribution to the protection of rhino over the past 22 years. This project highlights the company’s commitment to its core ethic of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People.
All profits from the sale of RHINO FORCE bracelets go to &Beyond’s social development partner, Africa Foundation (www.africafoundation.org.za) and are earmarked for projects focused on saving Africa’s rhino populations. Bracelets are sold in several retailers in South Africa and internationally through an e-commerce site. Visit www.rhinoforce.co.za to support the project or purchase online.
&Beyond guests can also purchase the beaded bracelet or a specially designed “Rhinos Without Borders” t-shirt at the lodge Safari Shops in South Africa and Botswana. All proceeds will go towards the rhino translocation.
To follow the exciting project and ongoing translocation updates, please follow &Beyond on Facebook and Twitter or visit www.andBeyond.com to read Les’s blog, “Carlisle on Conservation” (www.andBeyond.com/carlisle_on_conservation).
Caroline Blake / Nicky Bannister
Bannister Blake PR
Tel: 07721 859 847 (CB) / 07976 646 807 (NB)
&Beyond is one of the world’s leading experiential travel companies, designing personalised luxury safaris in 16 African countries, as well as India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. The company also owns and operates 32 extraordinary lodges and camps in Africa and India’s wilderness highspots. Established in 1991, &Beyond takes exceptional care of its guests in order to make a difference; its commitment to sustainable responsible travel and community empowerment is world renowned.
About Motorite Administrators (Pty) Ltd
Motorite is the largest independent motor-related insurance administrator in southern Africa. Leaders in the administration and sales of warranty, maintenance and service plan products to the entire motor industry, Motorite offers unsurpassed levels of service and peace of motoring to its extensive customer base. Motorite places huge emphasis on uplifting the working and social environment of its community. By sponsoring &Beyond’s rhino translocation project, Motorite is playing an important role in ensuring the ongoing conservation of South Africa and Botswana’s natural heritage for future generations to come.
About RHINO FORCE
RHINO FORCE is a dynamic brand that creates international awareness and raises substantial funding for rhino conservation, through the sale of RHINO FORCE beaded bracelets. RHINO FORCE has a new-age conservation psychology and incorporates fundamental business principles to create commercial philanthropy. Through the design, development and activation of multiple retail, corporate and electronic market platforms, RHINO FORCE successfully achieves its call to action and offers great return on investment. Our mission is ‘Conservation through Commerce', commercially known as 'Save the Rhino...Buy a Bracelet’.
About Chipembere Rhino Foundation
The Chipembere Rhino Foundation is a privately run, non-profit organisation committed to assisting in the protection and conservation of Africa’s rhino. ‘Chipembere’ means ‘rhinoceros’ in Shona, an African language, and all donations received through this foundation will go directly towards the ongoing conservation and anti-poaching efforts needed for the protection of this endangered species.
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