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SHARING OUR VISION

OUR PARTNERS

Newmark Hotels & Reserves

Newmark Hotels & Reserves create memorable and unique experiences for guests – authentic to the location, environments and people of each of their properties. Rhino Disharmony is supported by Motswari Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Newmark offering.

The Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF)

A respected NPO assisting with the cooperation and coordination necessary for combating environmental crime. “At GKEPF, we see rhino protection as a global commitment. The survival of the rhino is a visual reminder that the actions and influence of humanity today have a lasting impact on the evolution or extinction of a species for future generations.”

OUR AMBASSADORS

Our Ambassadors are made up of artists from around the world. They support Rhino Disharmony in it’s mission to stop the demand for rhino horn by being part of our events and using their voice to spread the word of the rhino crisis. Our Ambassadors are from all areas of the arts – composers, musicians, fine artists, photographers, videographers, sculptors etc.

Marion Geiger

FOUNDER & FINE ARTIST
After matriculating at the Johannesburg School of Art, Ballet and Music, Marion obtained Art degrees from the Cape Technikon, the Stuttgart University of Graphics and the New York Art Institute. She has since exhibited internationally from New York to Prague more than 35 times, including several solo shows. Since 1999 Marion has painted mainly on commission and sold many works privately. Her work is permanently on display at her family’s property in the Greater Kruger, Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Adi Bensmaia

PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER
Originally from Switzerland, Adi grew up in Algiers and Paris before moving to South Africa in 1992. He runs his own production company and has exhibited his photography in Cape Town. In 2010, he partnered with Save The Rhino Trust in Namibia for a fundraising project. This led to an opportunity with Rhino Disharmony to direct a short film in the Greater Kruger National Park at Motswari Private Game Reserve.

Andre van der Merve

MIXED MEDIA ARTIST & PUBLISHED AUTHOR
After studying fine art sculpture, Andre pursued a career in clothing design and manufacturing. He’s also the author of “Moffie,” a book inspired by his experiences during compulsory national service in South Africa. In addition to publishing, Andre has created various art installations for public spaces and at Africa Burn. He is passionate about architectural conceptualisation and enjoys adventure holidays, whether in his expedition-ready Land Rover or on motorcycles.

Barend De Wet

MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
A prominent figure in South African art, Barend was born in Boksburg, Gauteng, in 1958. He finished his education at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 1990. Barend’s work included sculptures, ‘knitted paintings,’ performances, and collaborations, showcasing his skills and passion. He sadly passed away in 2018.

Beezy Bailey

FINE ARTIST
Beezy was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and earned a Fine Arts degree from Byam Shaw School of Art in London in 1986. He has organised art auctions in Cape Town, Johannesburg and London that raised over R2.5 million for organisations like Ikamva Labantu. A fourth edition of Art for Africa auction was held in New York and showcased works by prominent South African and UK artists

Chad Cocking

PHOTOGRAPHER
Chad fell in love with the Greater Kruger Park from a young age, visiting his family’s holiday home on Ingwelala since the early 1980’s. His childhood dream was to become a game ranger and live in the African bush. After studying Geography and Environmental Management, he joined Motswari Private Game Reserve in 2007. Over the years, Chad’s passion for photography grew, and he shared the stunning sights he encountered daily. His photos have been featured in calendars, magazines, and photographic books across South Africa.

Charles & Ashleigh Moore

JOURNALISTS & VIDEOGRAPHERS
Charles specialised in environmental filmmaking for over 30 years producing television inserts and documentaries for the SABC and M-Net as well as for the international film market including the National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Al Jazeera. Amongst his achievements was an award for “Back to Africa” on M-Net, a story about elephants returning to Africa. Before his death, he focused mainly on independent documentaries. Ashleigh is continuing to produce documentaries.

Friederike von Stackelberg

PHOTOGRAPHER
Friederike is a photographer living and working in South Africa. She was born in Berlin, moved to Kenya and eventually finished her schooling back in Germany. She studied photography in Berlin and worked for the official German press agency. Afterwards, she plied her trade for seven years in Japan and then for four years in Taiwan before moving to Johannesburg in 2002 with her family. She loves diversity, people, nature and captures that in her artworks.

Gloria Campaner

PIANIST
Born in the Venetian islands, Gloria started playing the piano at the age of 4 under the guidance of Daniela Vidali. She performed her first public recital at 5 and made her debut with the Venice Symphony Orchestra at the age of 12. In 2014, she was awarded a fellowship by the London’s Borletti-Buitoni Trust, the first Italian female pianist to receive such an honour. Her debut CD was launched in 2013.

Guy Walter

CERAMIC ARTIST
A world class sculptor with his own School of Ceramics in Cape Town, Guy has had a fully immersive artistic journey from the likes of commercial art to extreme special effects sculptures for movies. Guy is a passionate wildlife enthusiast and creates magical rhino pieces to help get the message out there about the plight of these ancient creatures.

Harry Percy

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER

As a curious child, Harry had a deep connection with nature. Captivated by the beauty of nature from a young age, he spent hours observing flowers, insects, fish, and climbing trees. Later, he expressed this appreciation through photography and film, sharing the profound beauty he saw. Harry possessed a unique ability to capture the essence of shape, colour, and wilderness, and created perfect images that reflect life itself. His passion for conservation and wildlife drove him to be an ambassador for nature’s diversity, making a difference. He unfortunately passed away in 2018 at just 22-years old.


Henry Tarr

FIELD GUIDE
Henry, a Canadian-born South African, discovered his passion for wildlife and conservation during a field guide course. Landing a job at Motswari Private Game Reserve, he developed both professionally and personally, particularly in his dedication to rhino conservation. Henry returned to Canada for fire-fighting training to protect British Columbia’s forests and also to obtain his licence as a microlight pilot. He plans to return to South Africa to continue to contribute to rhino conservation.

Nina & Julia Meise

BOSS MODELS, TV PRESENTERS & CELEBRITIES
Top German twin models, presenters and personalities, Nina and Julia Meise, have been moved to get involved with rhino conservation after connecting with an orphaned rhino calf. For them it is all about saving the species for the next generation. They are using their influence and public profile to end the senseless killing and poaching of rhinos. They are proud supporters of Rhino Disharmony.

Phillipe Marinig

SOUND PHOTOGRAPHER ARTIST
Philippe spent the last ten years exploring and probing the intimate, closed and protected worlds in Japan. Born in 1962 in France, he became interested in photography at a young age. In 1992, he founded a company specialising in the processing of advertising and fashion photography in South Africa. 2007 marks the beginning of his works and solo exhibitions in Africa, France and Japan. Winner in 2010 of the SCAM Roger Pic Prize. Resident in 2011-2012 of Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto, Japan

Robynne Wasas

K9 TRAINER
Robynne started her journey as a field guide in 2015 at Motswari Private Game Reserve and was fired into action to protect rhinos from poaching through the enthusiasm of the founders of Rhino Disharmony, Marion and Fabrice. Living out her dreams to make an impact for the defenceless rhinos, enabled her to move into a position of deployment manager and K9 trainer at the Southern African Wildlife College. She has helped to train and operationally deploy countless dogs in many different disciplines such as human-tracking and illegal substance detection.

Sara Wilson

FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER
Sara is a fashion photographer with a passion for rhinos and wildlife conservation. She has been in the photography world for over 30 years and decided to merge her passions after the horrendous attack on the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in February 2017. It was the catalyst for Fashion Says No seeing the light. The purpose was to use fashion photography as a vehicle to communicate the rhino crisis to a whole new set of eyes. There is tremendous synergy between Sara and Rhino Disharmony, using art to transcend cultural boundaries and language barriers. Her photography is evocative, intuitive and brilliantly inspiring, harnessing her love of rhinos and bringing it to the very forefront of the fashion world.

Tian Jiang

INTERNATIONAL PIANIST
Tian is an internationally renowned pianist recognised for his signature sound and over-the-top thrilling virtuosity. For his critically acclaimed North American debut at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times wrote: “Shining, crisp, energetic and colourfully illuminated”. Captivating audiences across the globe, he has enthusiastically received in concerto appearances with the London Symphony, The Royal Philharmonic, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Boston Symphony, The Hong Kong Philharmonic, and many more.

Zapiro

CARTOONIST
Zapiro (aka Jonathan Shapiro) is South Africa’s best-known and most-awarded cartoonist. His career began in the late 1980s and is recognised internationally as an influential social commentator through his political cartooning. In 2016 he was listed as one of the top ten cartoonists in the world by Top Teny online lifestyle magazine in New York. He was honoured for his contribution to press freedom and social commentary with the renaming of NY 106 as Zapiro Lane in the Name Your Hood Campaign in Gugulethu, Cape Town. He was awarded the 2018 Standard Bank Sikivule Newspaper Journalism Award for Editorial Cartooning.

Zolani Mahola

FRESHLYGROUND LEAD SINGER
After growing up in Port Elizabeth, Zolani moved to Cape Town to study towards a Theatre and Performance Arts degree at the University of Cape Town. It was here that she met musicians with whom she would later form the band Freshlyground. The band has shared the stage with the likes of BB King, Hugh Masekela, Vusi Mahlasela, Robbie Williams as well as legends like Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Clegg, Oliver Mtukudzi, Salif Keita and Annie Lennox. They were the first African band to win a European MTV award. Zolani has also made an appearance on the small screen in the role of Boniswa in the SABC drama series Tsha Tsha.

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