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New baby rhino signals hope in war against poaching

Credit: Elaine Dixon

A very exciting birth announcement has taken place in Botswana, with a chubby little calf being born to a recently rescued rhino.

New baby rhino signals hope in war against poaching

The mother was recently relocated in the Rhinos Without Borders initiative, to avoid the high risk of being killed by poachers. The precious little bundle is a beacon of hope for the team at andBeyond, who used yesterday’s World Rhino Day to draw attention to the increasingly threatened species.

The number of rhino being brutally killed has continued to escalate at an alarming rate with 1,215 killed in 2014 alone.

The country was carefully selected for its extremely low poaching rates in the region and zero tolerance to poaching approach.

To reduce the stress faced by the animals, the rhinos were mostly transported by air to shorten their journey.

The initiative aims to help increase the number of rhino in Botswana, assisting them in reaching their objective of replenishing the number of rhinos in the country to 400 by 2016.

Let’s hope there are many more babies to come!

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