Rhino Rescue Botswana – With the Tlhokomela Trust
The purpose of the trust is to perpetuate and expand Botswana’s vast and pristine wilderness areas and protect critically endangered rhino and other species.
Map Ives, Director of Rhino Conservation, Botswana, covered the history of rhino poaching in Africa and the successful translocation of over 100 rhino to Botswana – due to funding from the safari industry and the assistance of the government of Botswana. Keith Vincent of Wilderness Safaris and Joss Kent of &Beyond are key supporters of the rhino relocations and were in attendance; as was the Botswana Ambassador to the United States, Mr. David John Newman.
Stephen Lussier, Paul Rowley and Pat Dambe of De Beers (diamond mines )discussed how they are joining forces with the Botswana government to help fund the anti-poaching effort.
Actress Uma Thurman spoke of how she fell in love with Africa and her experience translocating rhino to Botswana.