Prince Harry Endorses Rhino Conservation, Botswana
In December the Wilderness Safaris conservation team hosted Prince Harry as part of a three-month southern Africa trip to participate in various frontline conservation activities, including the company's pioneering Botswana Rhino Project.
During his time in Botswana, Prince Harry joined senior conservationists Map Ives and Kai Collins to actively participate in the Rhino Conservation Botswana program. The team spent several days tracking rhino to ensure that they were safe and in good condition, and fitted state-of-the-art tracking devices on several, to enable intensive monitoring and security for the animals.
On his Instagram account, Prince Harry wrote: "Trying to stop a three-tonne rhino with a rope and a blindfold isn't easy! Especially in this harsh terrain in Botswana. Map Ives and Kai Collins, with the help of Botswana Defense Force and the government, are doing everything they can to protect their newly reintroduced rhino population". Prince Harry also posted the following short video clip.
The Botswana Rhino Project, operating as part of the independent trust Rhino Conservation Botswana, was initiated by Wilderness Safaris in 1999 in close collaboration with the Government of Botswana. Since the project's first re-introductions of both white and black rhino into the Okavango Delta in October 2001 and November 2003 respectively, populations of both species have grown and the country has proven its ability to provide a safe range for these charismatic and dramatically threatened species.
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