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On behalf of the Player family, the Wilderness Foundation, the Wilderness Leadership School and the Magqubu Ntombela Foundation, we would like to announce that the official memorial service and celebration of Dr Ian Player’s life will be held on 14 January 2015 at Hilton College in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Out of respect for the international dignitaries, family and friends who want to attend but will have difficulty arranging flights at this time of the year, we have chosen to hold the memorial service in mid-January 2015. We wish to honour Dr Ian Player fittingly by ensuring all family, close friends and associates are able to attend.
Further details will follow in due course.




Issued on behalf of the Wilderness Network, including the Wilderness Leadership School, Wilderness Foundation SA, Magqubu Ntombela Foundation, Wilderness Foundation UK and The WILD Foundation (based in USA)
Nature conservation pioneer and legend, 87 year old Dr Ian Player, passed away peacefully at midday on 30 November 2014 after a short illness.  He was at home surrounded by his family.

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Bathawk for the Forever Wild Elephant Conservation Initiative

The Wilderness Foundation, through their Forever Wild Elephant Conservation Initiative and in collaboration with the SATIB Conservation Trust and the Wilderness Conservancy, has donated a 6 cylinder Jabiru Bat Hawk Light Sport Aircraft to the Lugenda Wildlife Reserve, which forms part of the greater Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique.

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Collaboration between the Cape Wheel and Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation, through their Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative, has signed a 5 year Cause Related Marketing agreement with The Cape Wheel in order to promote and raise funds for conservation activities in Africa.   In terms of the agreement, the Cape Wheel will give a donation for every adult and family ticket sold to the Wilderness Foundation and for its Forever Wild Conservation Programme.

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Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, says WWF

Species across land, rivers and seas decimated as humans kill for food in unsustainable numbers and destroy habitats

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