By Jack Pitts
A 150-strong audience gathered to hear about the plight of rhinos and elephants as their numbers dwindle from poaching.
Oxleaze Barn, in Lechlade, was turned into a scene from the Kenyan plains on Friday, May 8, with bronze sculptures of leopards and wildlife paintings adorning the walls.
The first speaker was Michael Dyer, a fourth generation Kenyan who helps manage the largest contiguous rhino reserve in the world.
Michael works for Borana Conservancy, a non-profit organization that aims to conserve endangered species.
Elephants have been dogged for years for their ivory and rhinos are increasingly targeted for their horns.
Recently, the Kenyan government placed the last remaining male white rhino of one sub-species under armed guard.
Up next was Charlie Mayhew, chief executive of Tusk Trust, of which the Duke of Cambridge is patron.
He talked about the Trust and its aims to forge a link between Africa’s natural heritage and the future of its land, culture and people.
Chris Johnston of Steppes Trust, Cirencester, was also on hand to answer any questions.
The evening ended on a high when Michael announced that the first rhino calf had recently been spotted on Borana, with further excitement at the news that Cotswold Wildlife Park had celebrated the birth of a rhino calf.