• Land Rover helps Tusk raise over £600,000 in aid of endangered Rhinos
  • Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's Chief Design Officer, is one of 21 internationally respected artists and designers to embellish one of the 1.2m-long rhinos
  • Land Rover's unique rhino design has been on display in Trafalgar Square, London, as part of the Tusk Rhino Trail
  • Land Rover has been an official partner of the Tusk wildlife conservation charity, helping to reach some of the world's most remote locations, for 15 years
  • Watch Gerry McGovern introduce his unique design here:

Whitley, UK, 09 October 2018 – A rhinoceros sculpture designed by Land Rover Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, has helped Tusk raise over £600,000 in aid of endangered rhinos at auction.

Twenty-one unique 1.2m-long rhino sculptures were created in honour of the Tusk Rhino Trail, the London-based public art installation which concluded on World Rhino Day on 22 September.

The auction took place on the eve of the first Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference which will be hosted by the UK government. The conference will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world's most iconic species from the threat of extinction.

The 21 works of art were devised by a host of internationally respected artists and designers for Tusk, a British Conservation charity set up in 1990 to help to protect African wildlife.

The design of the Land Rover rhino used specialist paint techniques from Land Rover's state-of-the-art manufacturing process to achieve a highly durable liquid metal finish.

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said: "I wanted to celebrate the magnificence of this unique creature, so my rhino is covered in a chrome finish. The idea being that because of the highly reflective nature of chrome it would be seen from a long distance, consequently creating awareness of the plight of this animal in Africa. The red painted horn signifies the absurdity of this beautiful animal being hunted for such a small part of its overall being."

Traditionally chrome has been used on vehicles to communicate prestige. Land Rover has developed an innovative and sustainable process to create a modern interpretation of chrome using a paint coating called spray chrome. 

Inspired by the dye treatments conservationists use to protect rhinos from ivory traders, the horn of the Land Rover sculpture has been painted red, highlighting the plight of this endangered creature. White ivory has huge value to poachers and one solution is to inject rhino horns with a dye, making them less appealing to hunters.

Chris Thorp, Responsible Business Director, Jaguar Land Rover, said: "We are delighted to have helped Tusk raise over £600,000 at auction, all of which will go to supporting their vital work in wildlife conservation. In our long-standing partnership we are continuing to enable Tusk to reach remote territories using Land Rover's all-terrain capability, making it the perfect fit for conservation work all around the world."


Editors' notes

About Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover is the UK's largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world's leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world's premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.
We employ more than 44,000 people globally and support around 260,000 more through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. Manufacturing is centred in the UK, with additional plants in China, Brazil, Austria and Slovakia.
At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2017 Jaguar Land Rover sold 621,109 vehicles in 130 countries, with more than 80 per cent of our vehicles being sold abroad.
Our innovation is continuous: we will spend in the region of £4.5 billion this year on new product creation and capital expenditure.
From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will be electrified, giving our customers even more choice. We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer ultra-clean petrol and diesel engines.

For more information, contact:
Natasha Kaur, Jaguar Land Rover Responsible Business Senior Communications  Officer
T: 07469 021100, E: nkaur6@jaguarlandrover.com
Anna Jackson, Jaguar Land Rover Global Humanitarian Partnerships T: 07880 401 103, E: ajackso1@jaguarlandrover.com

About Tusk 

For almost 30 years, Tusk has supported forward-thinking and successful conservation intervention in Africa. From the plains of the Serengeti to the rainforests of the Congo Basin, we're working towards a future in which people and wildlife can thrive across the African continent. 

Poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict are having a devastating impact on Africa's wildlife. We believe local people and organisations are best positioned to address these threats, but are often under-resourced and lack the recognition they deserve. 

Through our partnerships, we continue to witness very significant progress, providing greater protection for over 10 million acres of land and more than 40 different threatened species, while benefitting more than 1,000,000 people. 

At Tusk we build long lasting relationships with our donors and seek to invest in long-term solutions because sustainable conservation needs sustained funding. 

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