In a world grappling with environmental challenges, London gunmaker John Rigby & Co. proudly stands as a committed supporter of rhino conservation. As we approach World Rhino Day on 22 September, we are thrilled to share heartening news from our partnership with Habitat for Rhino. This collaboration represents our ongoing commitment to the protection and preservation of these magnificent creatures, and the results are nothing short of inspiring.
About Habitat for Rhino
Habitat for Rhino is a rhino conservation project initiated by Robin Hurt Safaris CC in Namibia. The project aims to protect and preserve the rhino population in the Gamsberg region through dedicated efforts, including anti-poaching initiatives, monitoring, and community engagement.
The joy of new life
In recent times, the Gamsberg region has witnessed the arrival of two remarkable additions to its white rhino family. The first, a male calf born on 30 June to mother Outcho, brought immense joy to the project team and rekindled hope for the future. However, the celebration did not end there. On 9 September, another calf made its debut into the world, yet its gender remains shrouded in mystery due to the mother’s protective instincts. The anticipation of this new arrival adds a touch of excitement to the team’s ongoing efforts. The project team hopes for a female calf to further contribute to the growth and sustainability of the rhino population.
A decade of dedication
The journey to this point has not been without its challenges. Last year, the team mourned the loss of a young bull, named Kirby, to poaching in a stark reminder of the threats these magnificent creatures face. However, despite adversity, Habitat for Rhino’s steadfast commitment to conservation has yielded remarkable results. Over almost a decade of tireless work, 10 rhino calves have been born at Gamsberg, illustrating an impressive 80 percent survival rate. This speaks volumes about the project’s success and underscores our collective dedication.
Guardians of the rhinos
Ensuring the safety and well-being of these rhinos is paramount. To this end, Habitat for Rhino has deployed six full-time rangers who diligently track and monitor the rhino population on a daily basis. Four of these dedicated individuals patrol during daylight hours, while two maintain surveillance duties throughout the night. This continuous vigilance is further reinforced by strategically placed security cameras, although some of these vital surveillance tools were damaged by poachers earlier this year. The team are in the process of replacing these cameras to enhance their conservation efforts.
A gift of art, a gift of hope
On this special occasion of World Rhino Day, Habitat for Rhino is delighted to unveil a remarkable portrait of ‘Big Daddy,’ the alpha male rhino and proud father to all the calves born at Gamsberg. This exquisite artwork is a generous donation from American wildlife artist Greg Pole and his wife Erin. The Poles have offered this masterpiece as a 100 percent donation to benefit ‘Habitat for Rhino.’ For those interested in acquiring this stunning piece of wildlife art, please contact Greg and Erin Pole at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Rigby’s commitment to conservation
At Rigby, we believe in taking concrete actions to support the causes we hold dear. To bolster the Habitat for Rhino project and aid in the protection of these magnificent creatures, we have undertaken several initiatives. Notably, we produced a limited edition run of 12 London Best rifles in .350 calibre last year. Each rifle is adorned with individual engravings, including the name of one of the rhinos from the project and the Habitat for Rhino logo, designed by Pauline Hurt. A significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of each rifle directly contributes to the project. If you are interested in finding out more about owning one of these rifles and supporting the project, follow this link.
On World Rhino Day 2023, Rigby reiterates its commitment to the conservation of these majestic creatures. Together, we are making a tangible difference in the lives of rhinos and in the future of their species.
To learn more about Habitat for Rhino and how you can contribute to this noble cause, please visit: www.robinhurtnamibia.com
Photo credit: Pauline Hurt