The 24th of March saw the official Innovation in Conservation Award Ceremony at Carpenter’s Hall in The City of London hosted by ex Mayor of London Sir Gavin Arthur, patron of Helping Rhinos. The Duke and Duchess of Kent’s son Lord Edward Windsor and Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia presented the beautifully crafted Helping Rhinos award to Black Mamba ambassadors Siphiwe Sithole and Felicia Mogakane who had travelled from The Balule Reserve in South Africa to accept it.
Olympic sports commentator and trustee to Helping Rhinos, Phil Liggett then interviewed the girls about their work in front of the eager audience, this was followed by the screening of The Helping Rhinos Black Mamba film, fronted by Anneka Svenska, narrated and produced by Nigel Marven. The film showed the long patrols the Black Mambas must do on a daily basis, as well as the finding and clearing of snares and the important task of educating the local communities. Other short films were screened which involved Helping Rhinos’ ongoing work with the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in South Africa.
There was a silent auction where many beautiful works of art were on display. Lord Edward Windsor was very much captivated by the furry rhinos for sale and was seen purchasing one.
The Black Mambas have enjoyed a productive week in the UK conducting some fantastic talks at London Zoo and Port Lympne Park, as well as joining Anneka Svenska and Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live, appearing on Sky News and taking some time out to see the sites of London.
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