Rhinos Without Borders
Rhinos Without Borders
‘Rhinos Without Borders’ is a joint venture between Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond, combining fundraising and project management efforts to ensure the successful relocation of 100 rhino to Botswana.
Great Plains Conservation was established to offer conservation solutions and they use high-end tourism to facilitate that goal. With camps in Botswana and Kenya, Great Plains is all about making a difference wherever they are located. They lobby hard, get involved with communities, and do whatever they can to make Africa a better, more complete natural and working habitat. They recently established the Great Plains Foundation to fund and deal with some of their philanthropic ventures because not every effort can be funded from commercial operations.
&Beyond is one of the world’s leading luxury experiential travel companies, designing luxury safaris in 15 African countries, as well as India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The company also owns and operates 33 extraordinary lodges and camps in Africa and India’s natural hotspots.
Established in 1991, &Beyond takes exceptional care of its guests in order to make a difference; its commitment to sustainable conservation, responsible travel and community empowerment is world renowned.
Rhinos clearly represent one of the more urgent wildlife crises we all face today. A global effort is needed and one that recognizes that without the incredible efforts of the South African conservationists and parks, there would be no rhinos to source or save.
“Great Plains Conservation and &Beyond have decided to take action. 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,” says Dereck Joubert, Great Plains CEO.
“Translocations are fundamental to secure the on-going survival of endangered species and this ground-breaking project aims to protect the species for future generations to enjoy. A project this size requires a strong partnership and a huge resource pool to pull it off. We are therefore very pleased to be joining forces with Great Plains Conservation for this mass translocation. We share the same mission and operating ethos and together we believe we can make this happen,” says Joss Kent, &Beyond CEO.
It needed to be a global effort and one that recognizes that without the incredible efforts of the South African conservationists and parks, there would be no rhinos to source or save.