Tusk Trust and Prince William; real rhinos, knitted rhinos, wooden rhinos….!

Tusk Trust and Prince William are a force to be reckoned with….!

A toast to Tusk Trust- 25 years of Conservation efforts

A toast to Tusk Trust- 25 years of Conservation efforts

25 years of tireless efforts on behalf of endangered African wildlife such as rhinos, elephants and wild dogs culminated in a glittering dinner event hosted by Prince William and Tusk at Windsor Castle recently.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

After his acceptance of the 2013 Prince William Award for a Lifetime of Conservation in Africa, Clive Stockil and I were invited to attend this heartwarming event.
In preparation for the trip, Julie Hagan, founder of  Gogo Olive, kindly sent me three elephants – mum and baby, plus dad, all hand-knitted by the ladies of the Gogo Olive team in Mutare.



This little family travelled with me from Chilo Gorge Lodge into Gonarezhou National Park, through the junction of the Save and Runde Rivers…..


taking in the spectacle of the magnificent Chilojo Cliffs, from below,

GOGOs at Chilojo Cliffs....

GOGOs at Chilojo Cliffs….

and from above!!!….

The high view....

The high view….

and on to London, where they were given as a gift to the newly born Princess Charlotte.

Prince George and Baby Charlotte, Taken by Princess Kate

Prince George and Baby Charlotte, Taken by Princess Kate

A complimentary trio to the Gogo Olive rhino family that we gave to Prince George in 2013…..

gogos, packaged for a Princess.

gogos, packaged for a Princess.

Artemis, ably represented by Dick Turpin, hosted a special cocktail party the night before the main dinner, and it was wonderful to be able to network with friends, new and old, from the Conservation and corporate world.

Our gift to Tusk Trust and Charlie Mayhew on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary, was a carved wooden rhino by master craftsman Lambert, from Senuko, in the Save Valley Conservancy.



The night of the dinner we were picked up and taken to the Castle along with Tom Lalampaa from Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya. Wonderful to see old friends again.

Tom Lalampaa and Prince William at Windsor Castle, with Charlie Mayhew in the background…

Tom Lalampaa and Prince William at Windsor Castle

Tom Lalampaa and Prince William at Windsor Castle


Jeremy and Emma Borg of Painted Wolf Wines in front of Windsor Castle….

Jeremy and Emma Borg at Windsor Castle

Jeremy and Emma Borg at Windsor Castle

Peter And Catherine Blinston of Painted Dog Conservation joined us….

kat and pete at windsor

kat and pete at windsor


I wore a green dress embellished by beading from our Mahenye Ladies beading Project, and the beads were much noticed…well done ladies….


The evening was a feast of stimulating conversation, elegant canapés, (delicious food exquisitely constructed from tasty and simple produce, I noticed), superb Champagne and great wine….

Walking into that awesome and venerable castle was an amazing experience, layer upon layer of history and fascinating decor, what a building!

Catherine and Peter Blinston looked the part in those fantastic surroundings…Catherine wearing a creation by Joyce Chimanye, of Zuva….proudly Zimbabwean!

the gorgeous Zuva Dress

the gorgeous Zuva Dress

Heartfelt Speeches inspired the listeners to deeper understanding of issues-and challenges for protecting wildlife and empowering communities in Africa.

The evening spent at Windsor Castle was superb, heartwarming and forever memorable –
Saint George’s Hall:


About wineandwilddogs

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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1 Response to Tusk Trust and Prince William; real rhinos, knitted rhinos, wooden rhinos….!

  1. savannabel says:

    Well deserved … and what a wonderful experience! Thank you to Clive for his commitment to conservation, and thank you to you for sharing this heartwarming story.

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