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Botswana Moves Rhinos Out of Okavango Delta as Poaching Worsens

  • Okavango Delta is the country’s top tourist destination
  • Poachers have killed 92 of the animals in past two years
A rhino roams in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

A rhino roams in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.

Photographer: Dereck Joubert/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

The Botswana government is moving rhinos out of the Okavango Delta after a surge in poaching that has seen 92 of the endangered animals killed in the past two years, compared to just seven in 2010 to 2018.

The delta is one of two World Heritage Sites in the southern African country, a 20,000 square-kilometer (7,700 square-mile) wetland populated by 130 animal species, including white and black rhinos. It’s Botswana’s premier tourist attraction and the rhinos are a major drawcard.