&Beyond has announced that six translocated rhino have been officially released into Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
Earlier this year, &Beyond decided to move the rhino from Phinda to Botswana. “Botswana has a strong security and monitoring framework in place whereby the Department of Wildlife Anti-Poaching Unit and the Botswana Defence Force help to protect the species,” said a statement by &Beyond.
The animals had been acclimatising for the past few weeks in a boma. It has also been confirmed that one of the three females is pregnant and will deliver a calf in five to six months’ time.
All six rhino have been collared and microchipped for research and monitoring purposes and they will be tracked daily by the research team. The information gathered will help guide and secure future translocations.
Guests visiting &Beyond lodges in the Okavango Delta will also be able to enjoy guided nature walks with expert guides to view these endangered animals in their new home.
“A big thank you to everyone involved in this exciting project, especially our sponsors Motorite Administrators, RHINO FORCE, Africa Foundation and Chipembere Rhino Foundation, without whom this project would not have been possible,” said &Beyond.
|Fast facts about Rhinos:|
|Number of species||5|
|Group of Rhinos is called||A crash|
|Running speed||48 to 64 km/hr.|
|Thickness of their skin||Up to 1.5cm thick|
|Gestation period||15 to 16 months|
Date: 20 May 2013