Dr Ian Player receives the Anton Rupert Award

Peace Parks Foundation CEO, Mr Werner Myburgh (second from right), hands the Anton Rupert Award certificate to Dr Ian Player (second from left). Dr Player and Mr Myburgh are flanked by Mrs Ann Player and by Dr Frank Raimondo, member of the Peace Parks Foundation...

“A heart for rhinos”– Interview with Dr. Ian Player

In this upcoming April edition of Africa Geographic, Dr Ian Player–WILD’s founder–is interviewed by Rachel Lang about the past and present rhino poaching crisis. Dr Player is a ‘man of many reasons’ for wilderness: African game ranger, international...

Collectors Item from the 1st World Wilderness Congress

Today, I received something very cool in my email inbox.  With hints of your mom’s old signed yearbook, this scan of the program from the 1st World Wilderness Congress (1977, South Africa) is most definitely a collectors edition.  Click through the slide-show...

Toasting to Wilderness in Africa with Mexican Tequila

The WILD Foundation was born in the African wilderness. Last month I was in Southern Africa to review a few of our projects, attend board meetings, and to be with our network of colleagues and friends who form the backbone of our work there for wilderness, wildlife...

Celebration of the Zululand Lions

Below is an expert from a story by Tim Condon in the Zululand Observer celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the lion named “Nkozi,” his epic trek into the iMfolozi Wilderness and the great conservation heroes who played a key role in saving this lion and...

World Wilderness Congress Legends: 1983, Scotland

This photo from the 3rd World Wilderness Congress (Inverness and Findorn, Scotland 1983) shows Ian Player (founder of the WWC, WILD and the members of The Wilderness Network), Sir Laurens van der Post (journalist, humanitarian, philospher, conservationist, etc), and...

My memory of “The Horn”

(as a post script the the Ian Player Perspective – The Horn) I well remember the snowy day in 1982 in Scotland when I drove Ian around the Findhorn Bay, south of Forres, to the Cumming Estate. We were greeted by Gordon Cumming himself, had tea, and “talked...

Ian Player Perspective – The Horn

I remember very clearly my first encounter with the White Rhino, in the Imfolozi Game Reserve, which I have described in some detail in my book ‘The White Rhino Saga.’ But some years after that experience I was talking with the renowned South African ecologist...

Ian Player Perspective – Lake St. Lucia

The current crisis on Lake St Lucia, the pearl of iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a UN World Heritage Area) as it is now known, began a long time ago, probably when the great Zulu king Shaka rose to power in the 1800’s and began increasing the cattle herds in the...