How to save a rhino – South Africa has the highest concentration of black and white rhinos in Africa. They also have the highest rate of poaching.
How to save a rhino – In 2013, over 1,000 rhinos were killed for their horns.
How to save a rhino – In Eastern Asia, rhino horn is (inaccurately) believed to cure a range of maladies, from cancer to fever. It is also sold as an aphrodisiac. The horns sell for as much as $65,000 a kilogram on the black market.
How to save a rhino – There are only 5,000 black rhinos left on the continent (a 96% reduction since 1970). The white rhino story is a happier tale. Rescued from the brink of extinction, the species now numbers 20,000 -- though conservationists worry they too are in danger, as rhino horn continues to sell for a hefty sum on the black market.
How to save a rhino – Beverly and Dereck Joubert (pictured) are a husband-and-wife team of filmmakers and photojournalists for National Geographic. They recently started Rhinos Without Borders, a charity that plans to move at least 100 black and white rhinos from South Africa to Botswana, where poaching is nearly nonexistent.
How to save a rhino – One of the reason's Botswana's poaching level is so low is its zero tolerance for poachers. Anti-poaching is handled by the Botswana Defense Force, who have a "shoot to kill" policy, meaning if a poacher doesn't immediately put down his weapon, the military can treat him like a threat.
How to save a rhino – Rhinos Without Borders has partnered with tourism venture andBeyond (pictured), who moved rhinos from one of their private reserves to Botswana in 2011. It costs roughly $45,000 to move a single rhino.
How to save a rhino – Rhino candidates are sedated and their blood samples studied to make sure they're strong enough to make the trip. The rhinos then recover during a six-week quarantine before they're moved by plane to a secret location in Botswana.
How to save a rhino – Because rhinos' first instinct is to seek out other herds, and Botswana has a low rhino density, synthesized rhino dung is used to help the relocated animals establish their territory.