Rhinos could be protected from poachers if the air cargo sector heeds the calls of an African charity.
The Great Plains Conservation charity’s latest project, Rhinos Without Borders, aims to move 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana, the lowest poaching zone in Africa.
The first air lift took place in May (see picture by Beverly Joubert), and the next is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015. Great Plains Conservation is seeking a cargo airline to help. The loading airport will be determined by the source of the rhinos.
The May consignment of ten rhinos was carried in an Ilyushin IL-76-TD courtesy of ACA Air Charter. This was the largest plane yet to have landed at Maun Airport in Botswana.