The Changing Face of the Rhino

Iconic Santorini is a proud member of the Mantis Collection of privately owned boutique hotels and eco escapes, and fully supports this valuable cause and the protection of these beautiful animals. As such, we are proud to sponsor a five night stay at Iconic Santorini for two people including breakfast. This prize will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go towards the three key organizations doing all they can to towards saving the rhino.

The rhino in Southern Africa is under siege – we’re losing close to 3 animals per day – this despite all the money that is being poured into the various causes that have popped up over the past five years. Prized rhino horn is becoming more affordable in the Far East and the demand for this item is on the rise amongst more and more people.

Mantis is proud to announce that is has successfully managed to get Rhino Conservation into the informal school curriculum in the United Kingdom, meaning that children will have the opportunity to learn all about this animal and the plight thereof. We’re using the rhino as a symbol for all animals in trouble around the world for our initiative. Education is at the heart of solving problems such as poaching, and as a result we intend getting the youth more involved with these real world issues. Once we have successfully piloted the initiative in the UK we intend taking it to the schools across the Far East.

In order to launch the initiative at the September event, Mantis has managed to persuade the legendary survival expert and television personality, Bear Grylls to get behind the cause. He will introduce our event “The Changing Face of the Rhino”.

Our guest speaker on the night is Dr. William Fowlds (Investec Rhino Lifeline) and he is going to tell an incredibly moving story about how he has become the face behind saving rhino’s that have become horrifically mutilated by poachers in Southern Africa.


Opening by Bear Grylls
The event will be opened by the famed British adventurer and television personality.

Introduction by William Travers OBE
An inspirational account will be given on the living trauma of rhino poaching, and how it inspires humanity to reshape attitudes towards environmental crisis.

Lecture by Dr. William Fowlds
A deeply passionate wildlife vet who has been exposed to the rhino crisis through professional contact with rhino conservation projects and his first-hand experience in dealing with poached rhinos.

Closing words from Virginia McKenna OBE
The star of the 1966 multiple award-winning production of Born Free will also be present and closes with her thoughts.

Following the lecture there will be an auction to raise funds for TUSK Trust, Born Free Foundation and the Wilderness Foundation in South Africa to support further conservation efforts and help tackle the poaching crisis. 


Date: Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Venue: Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm for drinks reception, lecture from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Bookings: To reserve seats please visit the Event’s Website, we look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for your support of this very important cause.

The Mantis Collection