London gunmaker, John Rigby & Co. proudly congratulates the Habitat for Rhino team on receiving the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Conservation’ at the Great British Shooting Awards held on Friday 23 February 2024, at the NEC in Birmingham. Organised by Fieldsports Press and hosted by Ollie Harvey, editor of Shooting Times, the event celebrated the remarkable achievements of the British Shooting Industry.

With 16 awards up for grabs, initially the public had the opportunity to put forward their nominations in each category, which were then shortlisted to the top five, before the winners were determined by a public vote. Also making the conservation shortlist was the Rigby Dagga Boy Award, alongside conservationists, Tarquin Millington Drake, Richard Negus and George Ponsonby.

As proud supporters of the Habitat for Rhino project, and close friends of Robin and Pauline Hurt, founders of Habitat for Rhino, John Rigby & Co. commends the team’s dedication and commitment in their mission to protecting and preserving white rhinos in Gamsberg, Namibia.

Marc Newton, managing director of Rigby expressed his admiration for the project’s accomplishments: “We are thrilled to see Habitat for Rhino being honoured for their conservation efforts. The work they are doing to safeguard the future of white rhinos is truly commendable, and we are proud to support their efforts. At John Rigby & Co., we recognise the importance of conservation, and we are honoured to be associated with such a vital cause. Congratulations to Robin and Pauline Hurt and the entire team at Habitat for Rhino on this well-deserved recognition.”

Founded in 2014, Habitat for Rhino is dedicated to providing safe habitat and protection for white rhinos, an endangered species facing significant threats from poaching and habitat loss. With the support of donors, partners, and dedicated conservationists, the project has made significant strides in ensuring the survival and growth of the rhino population at Gamsberg.

In response to winning the award, Robin Hurt, co-founder of Habitat for Rhino, stated: “We are deeply honoured and humbled to receive the outstanding contribution to conservation award at the Great British Shooting Awards. This recognition reaffirms the importance of our mission at Habitat for Rhino and serves as a testament to the tireless dedication of our team and support of our partners and donors. Winning this award motivates us to continue our efforts to safeguard the future of white rhinos and inspire conservation action worldwide. Together, we can make a difference for generations to come.”

For more information about Habitat for Rhino and their conservation efforts, please visit:

Simon K. Barr (right) close friend of Pauline and Robin Hurt collects the award

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