Once abundant across Africa, black and white rhinos have been pushed to the brink of extinction by relentless poaching. Fifteen years ago, Wilderness Safaris and the Botswana Government agreed to take decisive action. They began moving rhinos in peril to build new populations, wild and free, in the safety of the Okavango Delta, where, today, RCB monitors and protects these precious animals.
We believe that rhinos must be preserved for future generations. They are a crucial part of the ecosystems that sustain our planet – and the human race. Their survival is inextricably linked to our own. That’s why we’re working hard to give them a future.
Rhino Conservation Botswana is already working with its partners, including the governments of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe and tourism operators, to help reintroduce black and white rhinos to Botswana. But, over the next few years, we want to build the populations of rhinos living wild and free in the Okavango Delta until they are of international importance.
We hope this population will increase swiftly and, in time, the rhinos will populate new areas of northern Botswana. Long-term, we’d like to see our proud country supporting between 5,000 and 10,000 wild rhinos.
RCB has been entrusted by the Botswana government to monitor Botswana’s rhinos and ensure that they remain healthy and strong.
Ultimately, we hope that this population of rhinos will become one of the great hopes for the survival of the species.