Reproduction of a White rhino of specimen from which the horn was stolen from the Iziko South African Museum on 13 April 2008.
Ceratotherium simum, White (Square-lipped) Rhino
Collection Accession Number: SAM ZM 00377. Sex: Male
Locality: Mazoe District, Mashonaland
Donated by Cecil John Rhodes
Shot by Arthur Eyre – June 1895
Animal sent via Beira to Rowland Ward Taxidermy Studio, Piccadilly, London.
Received at the SA Museum on 9 September 1896
Front horn, length on outside curve, 35 1/2 inches, circumference 26 inch
Rear horn, length 7 5/8 inches, circumference 21 inches
“In 1895 Mr. Arthur Eyre obtained yet another white rhinoceros bull in the same district of Northern Mashunaland. This fine specimen was bought by Mr. Cecil Rhodes and presented by him to the South African Museum at Cape Town.” H. A Bryden.1899. Great and Small Game of Africa.
The display of rhinoceros horns in museums continues to be a challenge, and most museums have replaced the original horns with synthetic substitutes.
Displaying a taxidermy rhinoceros in a museum: the Lisbon conservation approach . Catarina Teixeira1,David M. Waterhouse2 Laura Moura1 Pedro Andrade1 1st National Seminar on the Conservation of Scientific Collections ,Marta C. Lourenço (ed.)