Baby rhino “George”, born in about the same month as his namesake, Prince George

September 2013, Chairman of Lowveld Rhino Trust, Clive Stockil, was awarded the Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa by the Prince himself, who has been the Royal Patron for Tusk Trust since 2005. This was the first time that this award was presented. Read the full story in previous blogs…https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/clive-stockil-winner-of-the-tusk-trust-prince-william-award/

At about the same time as Prince George was born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a baby rhino was born in the Save Valley Conservancy. His mother  Chiyedza, (meaning “Dawn” in the native shona language) was a clever young black rhino who kept to thick bush, and sheltered her newborn very carefully….so carefully that even when Clive and rangers discovered her with the baby, they could not get close enough to identify whether it was boy or girl!

Now at last we have fully confirmed that young “George” is in fact a boy and can be officially named so  in honour of the young Prince George, who we hope will follow in his families’ footsteps as champions of endangered wildlife and cultures!

Clive has recently helped with Lowveld Rhino Trust operations in the Save Valley Conservancy, and has reported to me that Chiyedza has been tracked, ear-notched, and monitored and little George is happily thriving, protected by her canny intelligence in keeping to thick bush…. He is old enough now to have been given his own tracking number- 1445.

Chiyedza

Chiyedza and little George

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Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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