Taking care of the survivors

Taking care of the survivors

By Jorisna Bonthuys Dr. Johan Marais knows the ugly face of rhino poaching all too well. He is one of the veterinarians involved in taking care of the survivors. Marais, one of the founding members of Saving the Survivors, is regarded as one of the best rhino surgeons...
Rhino horn consumers remain key

Rhino horn consumers remain key

By Jorisna Bonthuys The rhino’s horn is something that only became a characteristic feature of this animal later in its evolutionary history. We know from historic records that some prehistoric rhinos looked more like little horses or modern tapirs (animals with...
Has the rate of slaughter been stabilized?

Has the rate of slaughter been stabilized?

By Jorisna Bonthuys The year 2015 will be remembered as another grim installment in the nail-biting story of the rhino’s survival race. Although South Africa’s poaching levels have shown its first decline since 2007, the overall picture remains gloomy. The...
Is it black or white? Or grey?

Is it black or white? Or grey?

Distinguishing between SA’s two endemic rhino species is by no means black and white. In fact, when it comes to the colour of their hides it’s pretty much all grey. A popular theory holds that the animal we know and love today as the white rhino was initially named by...
A Gift To Nature

A Gift To Nature

This Christmas, consider giving a gift that also contributes to the welfare of our planet and the continued existence of Africa’s rhino’s and their habitat. Rhino Run makes it very easy to do this, with a donation to rhino conservation made by Van Loveren Family...
The Last One aids in combating rhino poaching

The Last One aids in combating rhino poaching

The Last One Shiraz 2013, which forms part of the Rhino Run range. What makes this Shiraz extra special is that only 1 215 bottles selling for R1 215 per bottle will be released. The significance of this number represents the total number of rhino poached in 2014....
Only 3 northern white rhino left

Only 3 northern white rhino left

There are now only three northern white rhino left in the world. Nola, a 41-year-old female who was one of just three of her kind, was euthanized at a safari park in San Diego USA on Sunday. This leaves only Sudan, the last surviving male, and two females who live...
Hand sealing 1215 bottles

Hand sealing 1215 bottles

What does it take to hand-seal and label a limited run of 1215 bottles of wine? It’s all in a day’s work for Jared September, the specialist hand-sealer at Van Loveren Family Vineyards. Jared carefully sealed each of the numbered 1.5 l bottles of The Last One, one for...