Our Patron


Ian PlayerThe Game Rangers’ Association of Africa is proud to have had Dr. Ian Player as patron. Dr. Player is a world renowned conservationist who began making his mark in conservation circles shortly after becoming a Senior Ranger in the Natal Parks Board in 1954. As Warden of the iMfolozi Game Reserve he lead the ‘Operation Rhino’ initiative which is credited with saving the Southern White Rhino from the brink of extinction.

Dr. Player was instrumental in establishing the first official ‘wilderness’ areas in Africa within the iMfolozi and St. Lucia game parks. Dr. Player went on to found the Wilderness Leadership School, the Wilderness Foundation , and the World Wilderness Congresses amongst other things.

Together with his colleague and mentor, Magqubu Ntombela, Dr. Player played a significant role in the conservation and preservation of our natural heritage. He has been and will continue to be an incredible source of inspiration to game rangers around the world. Dr. Player remained actively involved in the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa until his passing in 2014. For a full version of Dr. Player’s achievements please click on the link below.

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