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Our Vision

We are a Conservation organisation working to protect and sustain all life on earth for current and future generations.

Wilderness Foundation Africa works from its base in South Africa to protect and sustain wildlife and wilderness through integrated conservation and education programmes. Whether it is direct action anti-poaching in the field, large landscape wilderness management, or developing rising young leaders from disadvantaged communities for a career in conservation, the Wilderness Foundation has over 45 years of results. 

The Foundation was established in 1972 by conservation pioneer Dr Ian Player, who led the team that saved the white rhino from extinction in the 1960’s, an action-legacy that the Wilderness Foundation continues today, working against wildlife crime and combating the rhino poaching crisis. 


“We envisage a world that has sufficient intact natural ecosystems and wilderness areas that are valued and effectively protected for the benefit of all species.”


Our Symbol

SymbolThe three-point Erythrina leaf was chosen many years ago by Magqubu Ntombela (a traditional Zulu man and WF co-founder) as the symbol of the Wilderness Foundation

“Take this leaf”, Magqubu said, “because this is the tree of the wild and the tree of the settlements”

Each of the three parts of the leaf has a meaning:

  • Man to Earth
  • Man to Man
  • Man to God

Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative

"Every 8 hours, another rhino is killed in South Africa...and the number is growing" 

Follow the link below to download more information about the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative.

The Legacy of Dr Ian Player