Conservation snapshot

17 February 2019 | Environment

On Tuesday (19 February), Peter Bridgeford launches the book Conservation Pioneers in Namibia and stories by Game Rangers at the Scientific Society.

This book of personal stories and reminiscences is about some of the many people who worked in the conservation field over the years in South West Africa and later Namibia.

A decision by German colonial civil servants, more than a hundred years ago, was to have a lasting impact on the environment in what is today the Republic of Namibia. This country is able to boast with a large percentage of its surface area that is devoted to conservation.

This book is also a tribute to the hard word, dedication and sacrifices made by those early pioneering rangers. From 1952, all staff members were known as rangers and they filled the dual roles of rangers/tourist officers and rangers/maintenance staff. Together they created parks and facilities of a world-class standard.

The book includes over 150 photographs, six maps and several drawings. A brief history of the origin of conservation in Namibia is followed by stories and biographies of more than 55 people, many of whom are pioneers in the field of conservation.

The event takes place at 19:30 and books will be available for the special launch price of N$450.

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