Black Rhino Relocation Underway by Wilderness Wildlife Trust

01 Jun 2014

Black Rhino Relocation Underway by Wilderness Wildlife Trust

A small founder population of Critically Endangered black rhino have been captured and released into the safe haven of Botswana’s Okavango Delta by Wilderness Wildlife Trust. This is a a joint collaboration with the Botswana and South African Governments, following the successful capture and release of a group of black rhino in April 2014.

The Wilderness Botswana Rhino Project is an ongoing partnership between Wilderness Safaris and the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks to establish a core population in Botswana. It was started in 2000 with the reintroduction of white rhino from southern Botswana into protected areas in the north of the country. Subsequent reintroductions of white rhino over the next five years increased the population substantially and the success of these rhino can be measured in the recruitment of calves born in the wild. In 2003, a small group of south-central black rhino were introduced into the same area and a single calf was born in 2009. These highly threatened animals are known to have occurred in large numbers, possibly thousands in the mid-nineteenth century in the very area into which they have been introduced.