Waterberg Rhino UK (charity no 1187429) was set up in January 2020 by 5 trustees, each with personal links to the Waterberg, having worked, visited or had businesses in the area for many years.
This led to a realisation of the need of support and the desire of the many visitors to the region to want to give back. To facilitate this, we set up and registered a charity in the UK under Charity Commission regulations.
Lucy’s love of South Africa developed during family holidays, meeting and getting to know people in the Waterberg and enjoying the wonderful landscape. As she says ‘it got into her soul’. She found seeing the wildlife in its natural habitat, especially rhinos, totally awe-inspiring. This led to her desire to help the local community to benefit from everything around them and protect it for future generations.
Alexandra first visited the Waterberg aged 18 when she worked as a volunteer at one of the top safari lodges in the region. She describes it ‘as 3 months of pure heaven’. Her work background is in marketing and events, with particular attention to the charity sector. Environmental and wildlife charities have always been a priority as she understands that flora and fauna cannot speak for themselves and desperately need help to survive.
Libby has owned an interior design business in the Berkshire area for over 20 years. She is well known for creating interiors of exquisite taste and effortless style. Libby sources much of her inspiration from South Africa and ships designs back here to furnish English homes with great colour and wit. She has enjoyed extensive travel throughout Africa and first visited the Waterberg in 2018.
With a background in farming, Belinda felt immediately at home in the Waterberg given her love of horse-riding and wild landscapes. She first visited the region in 2007 and has since been instrumental in organising the last 3 charity rides that take place annually from Ant’s Nest. Her fundraising experience includes 10 years working for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. Her passion for Africa is wide ranging and has led to breeding a herd of Cape buffalo that roam on a farm in the Waterberg.
Bill’s background in finance and engineering brings business acumen to the role of trustee. He has travelled to the Waterberg extensively over the last 20 years, and this has led to investment in the area in a breeding herd of buffalo. His view is that the protection of rhino brings greater enhancement to the wider biosphere and the wildlife within it. Rhino are magnificent animals and it is abhorrent to see them exploited and destroyed simply for man’s self-aggrandisement.
Rangers and guides via funding for rhino protection and security
Local community via increased opportunity and economic support
Children – the future of conservation
The Waterberg contains the 2ND largest viable population of rhino after the Kruger National Park.
URBAN RHINO GIN
Urban Rhino Gin has chosen to partner exclusively with Waterberg Rhino UK following its desire to help create funds for and awareness of the plight of the rhino. A classic gin with a unique botanical profile, it is a perfect pairing for the charity, combining a passion for the best of both urban and wild environments. By buying the gin you are contributing directly to Waterberg Rhino UK – please use promo code #waterbergrhinouk if you would like to purchase a bottle.
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ANDREW YATES PHOTOGRAPHY
An award-winning and published photographer, Andrew has an eye for detail and provides a unique perspective and emotive feeling with each of his photographs. Many of the photos you see on our website have kindly been donated by Andrew to help us tell the story of the rhino’s plight.
If you would like to purchase Andrew’s work please visit his website.
40% of the price of any print will be generously donated to Waterberg Rhino UK.
TRAVEL + LODGE PHOTOGRAPHER
A published photographer and editorial writer, Teagan provides exceptional visual and written media for wilderness spaces. Previously on staff for South Africa’s oldest travel magazine, Getaway, Teagan has successfully been working freelance since 2018, and has generously donated a few of her beautiful photographs to our cause, including the powerful homepage image.