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Safari Operators Move Rhinos to Safe Ground in Botswana

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | May 29, 2015

Safari Operators Move Rhinos to Safe Ground in Botswana

PHOTO: The rhino is now in danger of extinction because of mass killings that take place in order to feed a black market for sexual stimulants, which the rhino horn is believed to contain. (Photo by David Cogswell)

Safari operators andBeyond and Great Plains Conservation have moved the first group of rhinos out of 100 rhinos that the companies plan to move from South Africa to Botswana. The movement of the rhinos was part of the Rhinos Without Borders initiative launched by the two companies in partnership to try to help save rhinos from extinction.

The rhinos were moved from an area in South Africa, where they are at high risk of being poached, to a safer place in Botswana. They were moved by plane using an elaborately devised system to protect the animals from distress or danger.

The rhinoceri are in danger of extinction because a substance found in the rhino horn is thought to be a sexual stimulant and brings high prices in certain black markets in Asia.

The operation was kept secret so that poachers would not be able to foil the plans in any way. The announcement was made only after the operation was completed successfully.

Both andBeyond and Great Plains Conservation are operators of safari lodges and camps in Africa and South Asia. Both are highly concerned with conservation and with preventing the extinction of some of Africa’s greatest animals, many of which are now in danger.

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