Saving the Rhinos of Umfolozi

It was here in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in the 1950s that the famous conservationist and then chief ranger of Umfolozi, Dr Ian Player, fought a defensive battle to save the white rhino from extinction.

He realized that translocation of the existing 500 animals was needed in order to save the species from extinction.  He did this at a time of considerable political upheaval in South Africa – a time when the land was being fought over by the cattle farmers and the tribal people.  The resulting ‘Operation Rhino’ became one of the most successful wildlife translocation programmes ever carried out.  Player’s innovative style and field work became legendary. He went on to establish the charity, ‘the Wilderness Foundation’.

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