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The Black Rhino Gin is infused with rhino bush and buchu. (Image: Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company)
  • South Africa's Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company has introduced a new gin, the Black Rhino gin, to conserve rhinos.
  • A portion of the proceeds made from the gin will be donated to the Boucher Legacy, a non-profit involved in conserving rhinos, pangolins, and other endangered species.
  • The gin, infused with rhino bush and buchu, has an olive-green colour and is sweeter in taste.
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Premium gin makers Cape Town Gin have introduced a new gin, Black Rhino, to conserve rhinos that are at risk of being endangered because of poaching.

Part of the proceeds from the Cape Town Black Rhino Gin will be donated to the Boucher Legacy, a non-profit organisation that protects rhinos. The Boucher Legacy is also involved in efforts to protect pangolins and other endangered species which face a threat of extinction as a result of poachers.

The Black Rhino gin, created to honour and celebrate the rhino, which also makes up South Africa's Big Five, is infused with renosterbos or rhino bush and buchu, giving it its unique olive-green colour. It also has citrus, pepper, and liquorice notes and can be enjoyed with peppercorns and a slice of lime.

Jaco Boonzaaier, director for the Cape Town Gin and Spirits Company, said they hope to highlight the many roles that the rhino provides through the Cape Town Black Rhino Gin.

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The Black Rhino Gin is infused with rhino bush and buchu. (Image: Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company)

The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company said the extinction of rhinos would be a tragedy.

"This is because the rhino is a keystone species. This means that they are the glue that holds a habitat together – if they should disappear, it would set off a chain of events that could drastically change that habitat... even eradicating it completely," the company said.

The gin whose olive-green colour is derived from the local botanicals and is slightly sweeter in taste is perfect for a new style gin and tonic, the company said.

"Like a rhino, it truly captures what it is to be South African in every sip," Boonzaaier said.

Most of Africa's rhinos are found in South Africa, as well as Namibia, Zimbabwe, and Kenya, and a scant number of them survive outside of sanctuaries and other areas that are protected, according to the Wildlife World Fund.

"Naturally, this has made us a target for poachers. Even though there is no truth in the myth that rhino horn holds medicinal properties, this hasn't stopped the demand for illegal rhino horns and poachers are happy to meet that demand," the Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company said.

Last year, South Africa lost fewer rhinos, 394, which was the lowest in almost a decade due to the coronavirus-led lockdown. During the first half of 2021, 250 rhinos were lost, nearly three quarters of those lost during 2020.

Boonzaaier said that the company has always believed that giving back makes them a great and enduring company.

"Our Cape Town The Pink Lady Gin supports the important work done by leading breast cancer community carer PinkDrive, and we work closely with Khoisan Gourmet, who empower local Khoi and San farming communities, to create our Rooibos Red Gin," Boonzaaier said.

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The Pink Lady Gin supports breast cancer awareness work. (Image: Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company)
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The Cape Town Gin Rooibos Red is made in collaboration with Khoisan Gourmet, which empowers local Khoi and San farming communities. (Image: Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company)

(Compiled by Ntando Thukwana) 

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