Founder Population of Black Rhinos Established in Botswana July 2014
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Black Rhino Being Released
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In the 1980s, a poaching crisis devastated rhino populations in southern Africa and the rhino population was decimated in Botswana. The black rhino species has been particularly threatened by poaching, with only about 5,000 black rhinos remaining in the world. With poaching reaching astronomic levels in recent years, the government of Botswana has been working to re-establish viable breeding populations of black and white rhino in the safe haven of Botswana’s highly protected reserves.

In the summer of 2014, black rhinos were relocated to a safe refuge in Botswana through collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Botswana. This successful relocation is the culmination of several years of negotiation and preparation by the International Rhino Foundation, Wilderness Safaris and their coalition of partners.

In 2011, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation awarded the International Rhino Foundation a grant to aid in these relocation efforts. With success already achieved in the white rhino relocation efforts in Botswana, the focus shifted to establishing a robust population of black rhinos. With healthy wildlife populations, surrounding communities benefit from enhanced biodiversity and critical tourism revenue.