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Project Update - January 2018


Dear Team Rhino,

Firstly we would like to wish all our supporters a Happy New Year. We hope that you have enjoyed some wonderful time with your family and friends during the festive season.

The Australian Rhino Team have started the new year with a flurry of activity, so we thought we would share some exciting updates with you.


Rhino Day at the G

The Australian Rhino Project will team up with Melbourne Stars and South African born cricketer Kevin Pietersen to host Rhino Day at the G’ on Saturday 27 January at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The game will support rhino conservation in Australia and will be the last chance to see the Stars in action this 2018 season.

Retiring international cricket legend Kevin Pietersen has a close connection with rhino welfare, having spent the past four years raising awareness and funding for rhino conservation across South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.

“We’ve raised over a million rand (AUD$100,000) for rhino conservation, and there is more to be done on Saturday 27 January,” Pietersen said.

Melbourne Stars principal partner Optus will donate $1 from every ticket sold to The Australian Rhino Project, with funds raised from the event to go towards plans to continue building the existing rhino population and creating a secure home for them in Australia.

Victorian-based sculptor Matt Hill will also showcase a life-sized rhino sculpture “Hope” at the MCG to raise further awareness and support for saving the rhinos.

To get your tickets to the game visit: Ticketek

Our friends at Vollie are assisting us with organising volunteers for the event.

For details on volunteering at the game, visit: Vollie

Satara with the Melbourne Stars, Kevin Pietersen, and Zoos South Australia

CEO, Elaine Bensted, visiting Monarto Zoo in South Australia

Image: Adrian Mann, Zoos SA


2018 Monarto Gala Dinner - 9th February

Tickets to the 2018 Monarto Gala Dinner have now sold out, but if you missed out on a ticket, you may be interested in viewing the wonderful list of auction items available. All bidding is electronic and you don't have to be at the event to make a purchase. Bidding is now live via the online auction until Friday 9th February 2018

This auction is open to the public and all money raised will assist in the development of the Rhino Management Centre in the Wild Africa precinct at Monarto Zoo. We encourage you to support this event through the online platform and to share the below information with friends and family. There are some great items up for grabs!

Matt Hill will be driving his rhino sculpture from the MCG to Monarto and you can bid directly on the life-sized sculpture.

All items can be viewed at:

Happy bidding! All funds raised go to helping rhinos!

"Hope" by Matt Hill is available in the Monarto Gala Dinner online auction


We look forward to providing you with the next project update in the next few weeks.



Allan Davies


on behalf of the board and operations team at the Australian Rhino Project

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