Ray Dearlove, a South African living in Australia and founder of the Australian Rhino Project told the Australian Broadcast Corporation, “They’ve become extinct pretty much from the top down to South Africa…”
As a result, Dearlove has planned to transport 80 rhinos (20 per year for the next four years) to Australia. The project is due to kick off in May when the first six rhinos will go into quarantine in Johannesburg. In August, they will fly to Australia and will be quarantined for a further two months before being released into the Monarto Zoo Safari Park outside of Adelaide.
Although it seems like drastic measures to take, the reality is that the kill rate of rhinos has exceeded the birth rate for the first time. At the rate that rhinos are being poached, white rhinos will be extinct within ten years.
It’s been a grueling three years of getting past red tape for Dearlove, but he believes that Australia is the only hope the animals have for survival. When South Africa’s poaching issues are dealt with completely, the rhinos will be repatriated to Africa.
Dearlove’s convictions run deep: “If you or I don’t do anything about it, who’s going to do something about it? And when they’re gone, who will they blame?”
Source: The South Africa.com