More than a century ago, South Africa was home to close to one million rhinos, but today their numbers have been severely reduced. Currently, there are only 20,000 white rhinos, 4,000 black rhinos, and just three northern white rhinos left in the country. This dramatic decline in population motivated conservationist Dereck Joubert and his wife Beverly – a National Geographic explorer, filmmaker and photographer – to create the Rhinos Without Borders project.
This ambitious venture has set out on a mission to relocate the endangered animals to safer habitats across Southern Africa. For example, 90 black rhinos were moved from South Africa to Botswana in 2015-16 as part of the project’s efforts. With that said, much more needs to be done in order for these majestic creatures to be protected and thrive once again.
The plight of the rhino is explored more deeply in the documentary ‘Rhino Rebellion’ by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. As well as informing viewers about the dangers facing these incredible mammals, this powerful film follows two brave individuals as they risk their lives trying to save them from poachers on an African game reserve.
Apart from raising awareness for the cause of conservationism around the world, ‘Rhino Rebellion’ also provides an inspiring message of hope for wildlife lovers everywhere. To truly appreciate what it takes for wildlife preservation efforts like Rhinos Without Borders to succeed we must watch this powerful documentary which exposes some of nature’s most pressing issues – along with its incredible beauty – on our screens.