Platinum Rhino is the most successful White Rhino Captive Breeding Operation on the planet. All breeding is done 100% naturally without any artificial intervention. We currently see 200 new rhino birthed per annum and add roughly 1% to the global white rhino population every year.
These rhino roam freely on vast private estates protected by highly trained armed guards and sophisticated security IT technology.
Since the start of the poaching crisis in South Africa in 2008, when legal supply of rhino horn from privately owned rhino has been suddenly restricted and then banned altogether in 2009, our country has lost over 8000 poached rhino to illegal rhino horn dealers.
Facing the Rhino Wars our team at first introduced a horn trimming procedure to all our rhino, which kept our population safe for 5 years until 2013! After poaching hit us, we established a private army and since then lost in total 32 rhino. Due to enormous security costs and thanks to dedicated efforts of our security team we had zero poaching incidences since March 2017, recently celebrating 35 months of no poaching.
We are constantly looking at new and improved ways to improve our security.
To adhere to the competition effect, each camp has more than one dominant breeding bull, as well as several sub adult males within the crash, to allow for natural selection by females. To conserve natural social behaviour and dynamics, calves and juveniles are allowed to grow up along with their dams (mothers) in their relevant camps
To prevent and reduce the incidence of possible inbreeding, strict records are kept of all matings, matings leading to births, all births, as well as recorded dams and sires. This ensures that proper population dynamics are maintained and managed by way of an up-to-date studbook.
Additional land onto which new breeding sub-populations can be established, by relocating sub-adult progeny born to the project, is constantly purchased for habitat expansion. This ensures that sub-adult progeny are removed from their dams and sires, as well as ensuring that the current camps do not exceed their relevant carrying capacities. When rhino are trans-located into these new camps, a few are selected from each of the existing breeding camps to ensure the newly established camp has the broadest possible gene pool. Any bulls not required for mating are housed in dedicated bachelor camps where they will spend the rest of their natural life.