Les Carlisle: Group Conservation Manager

Flying a hundred rhino from South Africa to Botswana

In a project of this size, the difficulty is always knowing where to start. In African conservation translocation is a routine action. We have repopulated many areas with many species that had become locally extinct and literally thousands of head of wildlife are translocated in South Africa every year. This includes a few hundred rhino, which are...

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What a crazy mixed up world we live in

What a crazy, mixed up world we live in! On the one hand we have massive movements to “save” everything on the planet and on the other hand we have people destroying our resources at increasingly unsustainable rates. Like everything in life, you have the Ying and the Yang, with opposing forces, views, NGOs and movements. These conflicts are getting...

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Crowd funding passes the 200k mark for Rhinos Without Borders

&Beyond’s partners in the Rhinos Without Borders project, Great Plains Conservation, recently initiated the first crowd funding initiative for the project through – a genuine stroke of genius, as it appears. Today the donations through that website passed the USD 200 000 mark, a real achievement. When we add  this to the donations...

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As a leading conservation company, &Beyond was approached by Indian authorities to assist in the groundbreaking mass translocation of 50 gaur (Indian bison) to restore the species in Bandhavgarh National Park in 2011. The Indian Forest Department applied proven African technologies to successfully reverse the local extinction. This project cont...

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The numbers of translocated gaur have passed the 70 mark

The project to reverse the local extinction of gaur at Bandhavgarh National Park in India continues to produce really great results. It is obvious just how well the gaur herds have settled down, with the number of calves born since the move now exceeding 40. The idea of translocating a prey species into a reserve with one of the highest tiger densi...

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Rhinos without Borders

After the success of &Beyond’s last rhino translocation, we are scaling up! &Beyond and Great Plains Conservation have teamed up to provide a project of hope for rhino in Africa. Bringing together industry partners and various government ministries, the plan is to translocate up to 100 rhino from South Africa to Botswana, taking them out of...

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