On Thursday, 14th June, more than 100 industry leaders spanning from conservation to film, finance to automotive, anti-poaching to government gathered at The OWO Residences for a private event celebrating the completion of the Global Conservation Corps’ (GCC’s) Documentary, RHINO MAN. GCC was graciously hosted by The OWO where guests were treated to two concurrent panel discussions highlighting both the frontline field rangers from South Africa and the beautiful artwork of Marcel van Luit and Will Fortescue.

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GCC Chief Editor, Sophie Furley moderated the art panel, interviewing Marcel Van Luit and Will Fortescue about their passion for using wildlife art to create real impact for conservation and nature. Mr. Van Luit is the artist behind the iconic RHINO MAN poster and offered a one-of-a-kind piece created specifically for this exclusive event. Mr. Fortescue unveiled for the first time on display a signed artist proof of his newest piece, Born Wild, featuring a fierce male lion.

The ranger panel was moderated by Sean Willmore, Founder and Managing Director of the Thin Green Line. Featured speakers included Leitah Mkhabela from the Black Mambas, Orlat Ndlovu from the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and iconic ranger trainer, Ruben De Kock. Ms. Mkhabela covered the harder aspects of being a female ranger in conservation, while Mr. Ndlovu discussed the challenges of suddenly stepping into a leadership role after tragedy struck his team last year. Lastly, Mr. de Kock, former head ranger trainer at the Southern African Wildlife College expanded on the importance of quality training, and why investing in current and future field rangers is vital to protect wildlife populations.

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