A brief respite from patrolling with conservation rangers in the bush took me to the Inyati Training Centre that is part of Somkhanda Game Reserve, a successful community owned reserve that is currently managed by Wildlands Conservation Trust. Here, the next batch of students is undergoing training as Nature Guardians. This year long course comprises both theoretical and practical training.
Encouragingly, amongst the group were several ladies that were clearly leading the discussions around conservation topics. It was a refreshing interlude from the harsh realities of anti-poaching patrols to spend time with these passionate students that will be holding the future of conservation in their hands!
This project is carried out in partnership with the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) that provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa. This conservation photography project will use rangers as the “lead characters” to highlight the issues faced by conservationists and showcase opportunities for improved support of rangers in the future. Positive and targeted messages will be communicated that emphasise the critical role that rangers play in African conservation in ensuring that the continent’s natural heritage is preserved for the benefit of future generations. Support Africa’s Rangers by supporting the GRAA.
Peter Chadwick is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography. The iLCP’s goal is to use the art of high-quality photography to encourage people to take action in support of tangible and meaningful conservation measures.
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