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This New South Australian Gin Is Helping Save The Rhinos

As if we needed another excuse to enjoy a cheeky gin.

Let’s be honest – we don’t really need an excuse to enjoy a cheeky gin.

But now we can feel even better about our tipple. A new local gin has hit the market, and on top of being delicious, every bottle is helping to secure the future of the Southern White Rhino.

Zoos SA collaborated with Ambleside Distillers to create Kifaru Gin, and proceeds will go towards getting Southern White Rhinos to Monarto Zoo where they’ll be safe from poachers.

Inspired by native botanicals from the Monarto region, Kifaru Gin gets its gusto from the rich flavours of the Monarto Mintbush. Delicately matched with deep notes of coffee, chocolate and hazelnut from roasted Wattleseed, the gin is the celebration of 15 finely balanced botanicals.

But you’ll have to get in quick to get you hands on one – there are only 500 bottles of Kifaru Gin available. 

Zoos SA chief executive Elaine Bensted said Kifaru Gin is as good for thewildlife as it is for tastebuds.

“This will hopefully see a large number of Southern White Rhinos relocated to Australia in the next few years and create a viable insurance population outside of Africa should the species become extinct,” she said.

Credit: Geoff Brooks

Ambleside Distillers Director Trudy Dickson said the idea to collaborate was born after a visit to Monarto Zoo.

“After meeting the beautiful rhinos up close we were very keen to support Zoos SA’s conservation and education efforts,” Ms Dickson said.

“We quickly hatched a plan to create this limited edition gin that incorporates native botanicals from Monarto Zoo lands to help raise money and support the conservation efforts.

“Every drop of this gin has been crafted with a rhino-sized vision in mind and we are very proud of it.”

You can get your hands on Kifaru Gin (and help save the rhinos) at


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