We invite you to join us for an afternoon with celebrated filmmakers, conservationists, and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence Beverly & Dereck Joubert in support of their project, Rhinos Without Borders. Enjoy wine, tastes of Botswana and local fare, auction and presentation from the Joubert's about this very important cause during a beautiful afternoon at Stone Tower Winery.
Faced with a devastating exponential rise in illegal rhino poaching in South Africa, Rhinos Without Borders was formed in order to start moving these endangered animals away from the poaching hotspots to a safer environment.
The number of rhino being brutally slaughtered continues to escalate at an alarming rate with 1,215 killed in 2014 alone. andBeyond therefore joined forces with like-minded conservation company, Great Plains Conservation, and together have committed to moving 100 rhino to safety.
Where appropriate, the rhinos will be transported by air as opposed to road, in order to shorten the journey and lessen the amount of stress placed on the animals. The budget to translocate just one rhino is $45,000. The whole project, including ongoing and monitoring and security, requires a total budget of 4.5 million dollars.
Botswana has been carefully selected for its extremely low poaching rates, thanks in part to its “no tolerance” policy when encountering potential threats. Each rhino, when translocated, will be fitted with specially design telemetry devices for ongoing research and monitoring purposes.
Recently, the dream became a reality when the first batch of rhino were successfully translocated from South Africa, by air, and safely released in their new habitat. By taking action, Rhinos Without Borders has succeeded in moving rhinos from a high-risk poaching zone and significantly decreased the likelihood of these endangered animals being killed.
Derek and Beverly are award-winning filmmakers, conservationists, and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence, who have been filming, researching and exploring Africa for over 30 years. Through their media company "Wildlife Films", they have made blue chip productions for National Geographic, all of which focus on Africa's wildlife, with strong conservation messages at their core. The Jouberts also co-founded the Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, as an emergency initiative to slow the rapid decline of big cats around the world. The Joubert's have received international recognition for their films and conservation work. Such accolades include 8 Emmy's, a Peabody, a Wildscreen Panda & Outstanding Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award to name but a few. Yet their greatest rewards have not come in the form of trophies that can sit on their shelves, but in their conservation successes, saving the wildlife they love and the wilderness which has become their home.