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Title:Securing wilderness landscapes in South Africa: Nick Steele, private wildlife conservancies and saving rhinos
Author:Wels, HarryISNI
Series:Afrika-Studiecentrum series (ISSN 1570-9310)
City of publisher:Leiden
ISBN:9789004290754; 9789004290969
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:wildlife protection
nature conservation
private sector
About person:Nicholas Arthur Steele (1933-1997)
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/60903
Abstract:Private wildlife conservation is booming business in South Africa. Nick Steele (1933-1997) stood at the cradle of this development in the politically turbulent 1970s and 1980s, by stimulating farmers in Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) to pool resources in order to restore wilderness landscapes, but at the same time improve their security situation in cooperative conservancy structures. His involvement in Operation Rhino in the 1960s and subsequent networks to save the rhino from extinction, brought him into controversial military (oriented) networks around the Western world. On the basis of Steele's private diaries the author paints a picture of this controversial conservationist. [Book abstract]