Ian has spent the last 27 years working as a safari operator, specialist guide, environmental photo-journalist and ecotourism consultant across Africa. During this period (1990–2003) he spent 13 years living in the Okavango Delta, Botswana where he was co-owner of a successful lodge.
His writing has appeared in a broad range of local and international publications, and for 15 years he was a feature writer, columnist and blogger for Africa Geographic covering all the significant conservation, wildlife management and ecotourism issues of the day. He is also the author and photographer of seven natural history and guide books on Africa, and is a past winner of the bird category in the Agfa Wildlife photographic competition (1997).
Currently, he is actively involved in a number of conservation initiatives. Blood Lions (www.bloodlions.org and https://www.facebook.com/BloodLionsOfficial/) is a feature documentary that exposes the horrors of predator breeding and canned hunting. Ian is the Consultant, Researcher and Lead Character and is part of the leadership team running the global campaign.
Ian is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers (www.ilcwriters.org) and is a Director of Eden to Addo (www.edentoaddo.co.za), a South African corridor conservation NGO, and a trustee of the Conservation Action Trust (www.conservationaction.co.za), a group of concerned naturalists that are focused on current conservation challenges.
Ian is currently enrolled as a part-time student for a MSC in Sustainable Development at the Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch University.
Prior to his life in the wilderness, Ian spent eight years practicing as a stockbroker in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He left the world of finance in 1989. He is presently based along the Garden Route in South Africa where he is co-owner and manager of Invent Africa (www.inventafrica.com), a specialist safari company that runs trips to 15 countries across Africa.
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