Rhino’s Without Borders

Rhino’s Without Borders

Excerpt from Dereck Joubert, Chairman, Great Plains Foundation: It was very much like a blood moon as Beverly and I drove towards Duba Plains Camp and my mind toyed with the fact that for some rhinos it would literally be a blood moon. The red full moon was, in this case, setting before dawn as we mobilized; and somewhere in South Africa poachers were washing their hands after a hard night’s work, as they do most full moons now. This is exactly what happened in the second week of September this year shortly after a friend of mine, Markus Jenson, who owns land in South Africa, contacted me about his rhinos. We’d been debating whether he should sell his rhinos and fund some anti-poaching on his land or give them to us (you no doubt know my feelings on this). A few days after our discussion he called me and said that the night before on a wonderful full moon, he’d heard gunshots. Four of his rhinos were dead. I’ve always loved the full moon. It connects us to loved ones around the world, as we look up at the sky and know that they may be watching at the same time. Recently, however, I’ve come to loathe it. We mobilized and within days the Rhinos Without Borders team had captured all of his rhinos and moved them to a safe house in South Africa. Today, we were heading out to the airfield at dawn to help unload the first batch of 4 of the 15 we had rescued. By 8.30 am the dawn had long burned away under...

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