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Into the River of Life. A biography of Ian Player

Into the River of Life. A biography of Ian Player

Into the River of Life is the story and biography of Ian Player, an internationally recognised environmentalist and conservationist.
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Title: Into the River of Life
Subtitle: A biography of Ian Player
Author: Graham Linscott
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa 2013
ISBN 9781868425464 / ISBN 978-1-86842-546-4
Softcover, 15x23 cm, 342 pages, numerous b/w photos

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Into the River of Life is the biography of Ian Player, an internationally recognised environmentalist and conservationist. He is a writer, a lecturer and international diplomat and a deeply committed man to all he believes in. Born in Johannesburg in 1927 and educated at St John’s College, he served with the South African forces in Italy in World War II and returned to South Africa at age 19 in 1946 with no idea of what he wanted to do with his life. When he pioneered the Duzi Canoe Marathon in 1950 he expected to see an abundance of wildlife along the river bank. To his dismay, he saw almost none. And so began an epic journey to fight for nature conservation. He joined the Natal Parks Board in 1952 and spearheaded two initiatives.

With his team they pioneered Operation Rhino, which succeeded in saving the white rhino from extinction and obtained protected status for the Umfolozi and St Lucia Wilderness areas – a first in South Africa and on the African continent. He also founded the Wilderness Leadership School during the troubled days of apartheid, a multi-racial and experiential program, which was to spawn a global network of conservationists committed to saving wilderness and wildlife throughout the world. His work has been recognised globally and among his numerous accolades he has been awarded Knight of the Order of the Golden Ark and the Decoration for Meritorious Service, the highest civilian decoration in this country.

Content: Into the River of Life. A biography of Ian Player

Ian Player: A Man of Soul, by Dr Ian McCallum
Author's Note
Early Years on the Highveld
The War Years
Men, Rivers and Canoes
The Swallows will eat up the Land
Early Years with the Natal Parks Board
The Environment of Solitude: Wilderness Areas
Adventure at £1 a Day'. Wilderness Trails
Operation Rhino 1: A Strategy for Survival
Operation Rhino 2: Capture and Translocation
The Mentor: Magqubu Ntombela
Player's Daimon ... and Other Influences
A Single Green Leaf: Growing the Wilderness Leadership School
Chief Conservator, Zululand
Natal Parks Board Showdown
Big Indaba: The First World Wilderness Congress
The World's Longest Running Conservation Congress
'Voice from the Wilderness': Player the Mobiliser
After the Natal Parks Board. The Ezemvelo Transition
Lake St Lucia: The Campaign against Dune Mining
Philippines Interlude: Saving the Tamaraw
Conservation Today
The Influence of CG Jung, by Sheila Berry
Index


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