Statement on our Patron, Dr. Ian Player

Dr. Ian Player is probably the most recognisable game ranger in the world today who began working for the Natal Parks Board back in 1952. His fight to save the White Rhino from extinction is well documented along with the incredible work he did ensuring the protection of our wilderness areas. No tribute can do a man of Dr. Player’s standing justice. His legacy is infinite, his influence, immeasurable, his example, unparalleled. The rangers of Africa have lost a mentor, a father figure and the most special member of our ranger family. We have not lost the will to carry on his amazing work. The responsibility has been handed over; we will not let you down.

We pay tribute to Ann Player, who stood by Ian’s side through every step of his incredible journey on the river of life. Our thoughts are with Ann, her sons Kenneth and Amyas, daughter Jessica, and their families during this time.

Whilst Ian is no longer with us in body, he will always remain with us in spirit. It is his example that motivates us to never give up in our quest to ensure that the roar of the African lion be heard by the children of our children’s children and forever. This is echoed in his words where he stated, “It is incumbent on every South African to ensure that we stand firm against the terrible evil forces that are arraigned against us, and that we protect and nurture; our rhino, wildlife, parks, private game reserves and game ranches. We will incur the wrath of our children, grandchildren and the world, if we fail in this God-given task.”

Hamba Kahle Madolo.

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ABOUT THE GAME RANGERS’ ASSOCIATION OF AFRICA (GRAA)

The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) was founded in 1970 as a non-racial, non-political organisation. The Game Rangers Association of Africa is a properly constituted association and has been registered as a non-profit organisation. The Game Rangers Association of Africa is a longstanding and well established defined community of practice. The Game Rangers’ Association of Africa provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa. The Game Rangers Association of Africa believes that game rangers should operate with pride, and with passion for their profession whilst promoting best management practices in ensuring the conservation of our natural heritage.

The Game Rangers Association of Africa believes that the continued future existence of Africa’s wilderness and its wildlife is ultimately and irrevocably linked to the expertise, ethics and motivation of those tasked with the “on the ground” protection and management of this priceless asset. This involves inter alia the conservation of the natural heritage, and the promotion of sustainable utilization of natural resources, ecotourism, community involvement and environmental education. The Ranger in Africa has many real needs, but without real support and relevant training the Ranger will fail, and Africa’s priceless natural and cultural heritage will be lost forever.

Contact:

The Game Rangers’ Association of Africa

PO Box 84420

Greenside

2034

South Africa

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(f) +27 86 544 5142

(t) +27 82 570 7597

www.gameranger.org/

Additional:

Chris Galliers Chairman and IRF Africa Representative

(t) +27 83 687 5961

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Andrew Campbell

Africa Committee

(t) +27 82 395 9402

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