It is with great sadness that on the 16th May 2016 the Trustees of Helping Rhinos learned of the sudden death of our Patron, His Honour Sir Gavyn Arthur.
We will miss him terribly not least as a staunch supporter of Helping Rhinos whose passion and commitment to rhino conservation was unequivocal, but for the generous and kind advocate that he was.
Sir Gavyn was brought up in the KwaZulu-Natal district of South Africa and spent much of his childhood observing firsthand the incredible efforts of Dr Ian Player in Operation Rhino, an initiative credited with saving the white rhino from extinction in the 50’s and 60’s. It was during these ventures into the bush to watch Dr Player that Sir Gavyn witnessed firsthand the shocking bloody aftermath of rhino poaching attacks. From that moment his support and determination to thwart these incidents was unstinting.
With fewer than 30,000 wild rhino left in the world and at least three rhino being killed every day, conservationists believe the rhino could very well become extinct within the next fifteen to twenty years! Helping Rhinos has much work still to do.
In memory of Sir Gavyn, Helping Rhinos would like to build a much needed release boma (fenced area of land) at the Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage. The Sir Gavyn Arthur Boma will safeguard and protect many young, orphaned rhinos in the future and will provide an essential step in the release process back to the wild. It is fitting we think, that Sir Gavyn’s name be associated with young rhino at such a critical and vulnerable time.
If you would like to make a gift in memory of Sir Gavyn and contribute to the building of the Sir Gavyn Arthur Boma, then please donate by clicking the button below. Your name will be added to the plaque that we shall erect at the boma site.