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.