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Full interview with Kruger’s anti-poaching chief General Johan Jooste

There’s a small sign above Major-General Johan Jooste’s desk at his office in Skukuza, the headquarters of Kruger National Park. It says: “Think Big, Start Small, Act Now”.

It’s an apt credo for the man in charge of anti-poaching at South African National Parks. The 61-year-old ex-army general joined the organization in 2013, and has been tasked with one of the country’s biggest, most immediate challenges: combatting the scourge of rhino poaching.

Last year, 606 rhino were killed in
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Swaziland showing Africa how to save rhinos – Interview with Ted Reilly – Part 1

If you’re concerned about the calamitous state of rhinos – and wildlife - in Africa, then consider what Ted Reilly has to say. Now 75 years old, Ted has worked his whole adult life for the protection of the Kingdom of Swaziland’s wildlife and its natural habitat.
With support from King Sobhuza II, Reilly pioneered and implemented the establishment of the kingdom’s protected areas.

In 1960 Reilly turned the small family farm of Mlilwane near the capital Mbabane into a wildlife sanctuary,
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Wild Magazine – March 2011 – Interview with Dr Ian Player

South African conservationist Ian Player was the leader of a team which helped save the white rhino from extinction, but to focus only on this achievement would do him an injustice. He was a critical part of so many other conservation battles, including the successful campaign to ban mining in iSimangaliso, SA's first World Heritage Site. He is also a remarkably good writer and speaker, and his books - especially Zululand Wilderness - have partly inspired me to do what I do, so I was grateful
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