By Francis Batt
A brilliant idea for defeating poachers has won four Eton College pupils a trip to Africa this summer.
The four took part in a competition run by the organisation Worldwide Experience - to submit a short film explaining what they would do to curb the poaching that is destroying the rhino population.
Alex Lindsay, James Lyles Gaurav Agarwal and Ben Howarth, all 17, called their team Pulse. They beat 20 other teams after their entry was picked as winner by judges including legendary conservationist Virginia McKenna of Born Free fame.
Ben said: "We came up with the idea of a heart monitor that would register when a rhino was attacked by poachers, so that help could be summoned.
"I'm ecstatic that we have won, none of us were expecting to."
The boys will go to the Eastern Cape of South Africa - home province to Nelson Mandela - where they will spend time with Doctor William Fowlds, one of South Africa's leading wildlife vets and the face of ITV's recent Safari Vet School.
They will spend time in a private game reserve where they will take part in a five day conservation programme - gaining first hand knowledge of the issues affecting the rhino.
Paul Gardiner is the managing director of Worldwide Experience, which organises volunteers who want to contribute to conservation projects abroad.
On Wednesday he met the boys and their proud biology teacher Kerri Hicks at Eton College. Paul said: "The boys will find that Africa will get under their skin. It will be a life changing experience for them. We are not telling them yet everything they will be doing and seeing but they will never forget it."