The Wilderness Foundation Africa and Wilderness Foundation Global recently announced the appointment of Adrian Gardiner as Patron of both organisations.
Adrian Gardiner was the Chairman of the Wilderness Foundation Africa for 12 years and recently served as Chairman of the Wilderness Foundation Global. Having accepted the honour of being appointed Patron of both organisations, Adrian tendered his resignation as Chairman and Trustee of Wilderness Foundation Global.
Wilderness Foundation Africa was founded 47 years ago by Adrian’s friend and mentor, Dr Ian Player. Dr Player was one of the world’s most outstanding conservationists and an environmental statesman.
He is acknowledged globally for his work to save the rhino, and still honoured as a conservation pioneer. Dr Player’s work began in KwaZulu Natal in an era during which Africa’s protected areas were being created and tested. He worked tirelessly on his life’s mission until his last days in 2014. Dr Player is the only other person to have been conferred the status of Patron of Wilderness Foundation Africa.
Adrian bought a piece of degraded farmland over 20 years ago and after much studying realised that the Big Five had once occurred naturally in this part of Eastern Cape of South Africa. He worked tirelessly to bring the land back to life and populate it with its natural inhabitants to restore the ecosystem that once thrived there.