A tribute to ­conservationists

03 March 2019 | Events

Windhoek • Dirk Heinrich



More than a hundred guests were present last week when Peter Bridge­ford's latest book Conservation pioneers in Namibia – and stories by game rangers was launched in the capital.

Former and current nature conservation officials including two of the pioneers, Stoffel Rochér and Polla Swart, were present together with other VIPS.

At the event, Bridgeford explained that the book is a tribute to the pioneers in conservation while aiming to show readers the trying conditions under which the first pioneers worked and the valuable contributions they made.

In those days Namibia was already a shining example of conservation and a number of people were world-renowned experts in their field. “These men and women should not be forgotten. People should be able to read about what these officials did for conservation in this country,” Bridge-ford said.

For him it was important to collect the stories of these pioneers as only a few are still alive and many have moved to other countries.

Bridgeford was moved by the ­presence of his former colleagues and the many people who showed interest in the book.

Numerous people contributed to the 400-page book and due to the overwhelming support, Bridgeford announced that he would publish another book about Namibia's men and women in conservation.

“The book is a tribute not only to the pioneers, but also to all the women who supported their husbands in the bush and endured the life far from civilisation,” he said.

The book, available from the Scientific Society, is a must for all nature lovers, those interested in conservation and anybody working for conservation in this country.

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