- a republic in S Africa: formerly a British protectorate; gained independence 1966; member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 275,000 sq. mi. (712,250 sq. km). Capital: Gaborone.
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The long-term project will also include a ramped-up security effort in Botswana for its new citizens.
If the rhinos are instead driven to Botswana, travel time could be up to 48 hours.
The 13,000-person strong anti-poaching Botswana Defense Force protects the animals in a country.
The aircraft stops once to clear South African customs, then flies on to Botswana.
Botswana has become a haven of sorts for endangered animals.
- a republic in southern Africa: established as the British protectorate of Bechuanaland in 1885 as a defence against the Boers; became an independent state within the Commonwealth in 1966; consists mostly of a plateau averaging 1000 m (3300 ft), with the extensive Okavango swamps in the northwest and the Kalahari Desert in the southwest. Languages: English and Tswana. Religion: animist majority. Currency: pula. Capital: Gaborone. Pop: 2 127 825 (2013 est). Area: about 570 000 sq km (220 000 sq miles)