Just a few days old, the calf was sighted by Rhino Monitoring Officers during a patrol, and while the protective maternal instincts of the mother prevented them from getting close, the team reported that both appeared to be in excellent health.
The Wilderness Botswana Rhino Project is a long-term collaboration between Wilderness Safaris and the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks. It was started in 2001 with the reintroduction of White rhino from southern Botswana into protected areas in the north of the country. Subsequent reintroductions of White rhino over the next five years increased the population substantially with many calves born in the wild.
In 2003, a small group of south-central Black rhino were introduced into the same area and a single calf was born in 2009. Then, in response to the poaching crisis in South Africa, the project took on a new impetus with several groups of Black rhino translocated from South Africa to Botswana during 2014.