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jweis Mar 12th, 2009 10:03 PM

Nat Geo - Rhino Rescue
Hello all,

Another program to watch if you are interested in the work of Dereck and Beverly Joubert will be shown this weekend on NatGeo channel.

The program is about the rhinos now roaming free in Botswana after the recent reintroduction program initiated on Chief's Island in the Moremi Game Reserve of Botswana.

The program airs here this Saturday, March 14 on National Geographic channel.

Do not miss this.

As an aside, we had a superb white rhino sighting on Chief's Island this past December - a female and calf in the water and totally relaxed. Amazing to see them.


napamatt_2 Mar 13th, 2009 10:08 AM

Thanks for the heads up.

thit_cho Mar 13th, 2009 12:15 PM

My DRV is set -- thanks. I also saw a show about Gabon also on Nat Geo and have set my DVR to record that too.

andybiggs Mar 13th, 2009 07:27 PM

Thanks, James. I will be sure to check it out.

safarichuck1 Mar 14th, 2009 07:52 AM

Thanks James, me too-I'll be sure to watch
Chuck (1)

jweis Mar 14th, 2009 10:02 PM

Awesome - I loved it. Cool to see faces of friends I know so well too.

If you missed it and want to see it still, here is the upcoming schedule (all times are CST):
SAT MAR 14, 10PM
MON MAR 16, 10AM
SUN MAR 22, 12AM
MON MAR 23, 12PM


cary999 Mar 14th, 2009 10:41 PM

Good program I enjoyed it. I think I heard them say that there are now 40 rhinos now in the Okavango, that correct? Interesting how the 30 or so rhinos decided to scatter off and why. Are they under constant anti-poaching guards?

As always the Joubert's photography is great. Anyone wanting to learn some notice how so much of it is back lighting. And low sun light.

regards - tom

jweis Mar 14th, 2009 11:22 PM

Hi Tom,

I believe the number, including the Black Rhinos, is over 50 now.
There have been a lot of births - over 10 I am pretty sure.

The rhinos we saw in December were about half way between Mombo and Chief's camps.

The female and calf we saw were white rhinos... the female was named "Warona" (a name meaning "ours").

The rhinos are not under constant guard at all. Their horns do have chips, but they do not work forever and it is pretty much a state where the dispersal and numbers are too big for constant guard. Still, the BDF presence is felt in all the safari areas.


aknards Mar 15th, 2009 01:21 PM

wonderful program and beautifully shot. it stirred up so much inside of me that i've been trying to suppress, (because i know it'll be a very long time before i can afford to go back...)

thit_cho Mar 15th, 2009 03:52 PM

I agree, it was an excellent, interesting documentary. While I knew that the Joubert's were excellent film makers, I didn't realize that they were also equally skilled at narration.

rickmck Mar 15th, 2009 06:38 PM

For anyone who is in the Washington DC area up until Oct 4, at the Nat'l Geo HQ there is currently an exhibition titled "Lions & Leopards" which showcases the Joubert's work with these animals in Botswana. Include are many beautiful, very-large-format photos by Beverly, several lengthy film clips of cats in action, and a 20-minute "highlights" film. I spent a couple hours there this weekend and thought it was great.

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