which rhino best suits the name 'precious ramotswe'?


It’s 20 years this year since Alexander McCall Smith’s first No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency story was published, introducing a fictional detective who has since become known and loved by readers all around the world: Mma Precious Ramotswe of Botswana.

To mark this special anniversary, and thank the author for heightening global interest in the character’s homeland, Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) is inviting fans of the books to help choose a female rhino to carry the Mma Precious Ramotswe name and be an ambassador for the charity’s vital rhino conservation work.

The first step is easy. Study the photos [below] and cast your vote for the rhino you think best matches Alexander McCall Smith’s description of Mma Precious Ramotswe as “traditionally built” and “beautiful”.

Then, click on the Donate button to donate whatever you can to help keep Precious Ramotswe Rhino safe, and fit her with a new tracking device. Your donation could also fund the care and safety of RCB’s growing population of equally precious adult and baby rhinos.

Our dream is to raise £10,000 (GBP) / $13,480 (USD) in time for Alexander McCall Smith’s birthday celebrations in Edinburgh, UK, in August 2018, when RCB plans to present him with details of the success of this campaign and a photo portrait of his character’s namesake.

Together, we can do it – and make Precious very proud.

VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for your participation.

Image © Chris Watt

“We're thrilled that Precious Ramotswe might be able to help Rhino Conservation Botswana in some small way. She would be delighted. The work undertaken by charities like RCB is vital to the future health of the remaining rhinos in Africa. What a wonderful tribute to Precious and to Alexander McCall Smith, creator of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

Jan Rutherford, Alexander McCall Smith spokesperson

which rhino did you name 'precious ramotswe'?

Meet the three female rhinos we handpicked for the vote to become ‘Precious’ by name as well as by nature. Each is currently living a comfortable life, wild and free, in the lush and beautiful Okavango Delta, after being relocated from poaching peril elsewhere in Africa. Here, RCB protects and monitors all three of these beautiful ladies, their companions and calves, keeping them safe and well to rebuild thriving populations across Africa. Find out which one you voted to be named Precious Ramotswe... coming soon!

Rhino 1


Rhino 2


Rhino 3

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To find out more about Alexander McCall Smith and his books, visit alexandermccallsmith.co.uk