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Ian Player, the rhino man, 1927-2014

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, December 7, 2014/Categories: wildlife conservation, sustainability, environment, adventure

It has been less than two weeks since the wilderness protector  Martin Litton  died that another environmental advocate, Ian Player , has passed on. Player was a wildlife champion who helped create the International Wilderness Leadership Foundation ( WILD ), and the World Wilderness Congress inaugurated in 1977. The South African, with the legendary family name, had a particular love for the white rhinoceros.

Ian Player with rescued baby white rhinos  (credit: Ian  )

As with previous tributes, it is better to listen to the individuals themselves offer a perspective on the work required. Here is a short speech Ian Palmer gave to a white rhino conference:

The "baton" is now passing from one generation of conservationists to another worldwide. It may require different tasks and skills now but the need couldn't be greater.


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