Just three months after Singita, together with its conservation partner in Zimbabwe, the Malilangwe Trust, relocated eight critically endangered black rhinos to Botswana, the company has announced that one of the rhino cows has given birth to a calf in the Moremi Game Reserve. Born last week, the calf is said to be doing well. The birth no doubt shines hope on the current poaching crisis plaguing the African continent.
Bred from a group that was released onto the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve as part of a range expansion programme back in 1998, the crash was relocated in an effort to establish a new population in Botswana. According to the latest reports from Malilangwe Trust Executive Director, Mark Saunders, the rhinos have adapted well to the local vegetation and maintained a healthy body condition. Their movement however has been very little. True to their sedentary nature, the rhinos are only active in the evenings, choosing only to interact with black rhinos they are familiar with.
Singita’s 100-year purpose – to protect and preserve large tracts of wilderness in Africa for future generations – is supported by the Trust, whose central aim is to promote the conservation of rare species, including black rhino, and to add value to its neighbouring communities. Its low-impact, high-value tourism model exists to sustain these wilderness areas and their resident wildlife, while providing an exclusive safari experience.