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Ron Thomson

Ron Thomson, now 77, has been working within and around Africa’s national parks and/or wildlife management systems for 58 years.  For 24 of those years he was employed by the Rhodesian Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management.  Important past posts held include Provincial Game Warden-in-charge Hwange National Park; Chief Nature Conservation Officer, Ciskei; and Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board.  He operated as a Professional Hunter for three years; and for the last 27 years he has been a full time author and wildlife journalist - investigating and reporting upon wildlife management affairs in Africa.  He is a university-trained Field Ecologist (cum laude); a long time member of the Institute of Biology (London); and, after 20years, he retired from being a Chartered Biologist for the European Union.  He pioneered the capture of black rhinos in Rhodesia and led Rhodesia’s black rhino capture operations (1965 – 1970) capturing and translocating 140 rhinos.  His “Big-Five” hunting experience is vast - making him one of Africa’s most experienced big game hunters alive today.  He has published 15 books and uncountable magazine articles – all about the principles and practices of wildlife management and big game hunting.  He recently completed his six volume big game hunting memoir book series.  His passion, today, is concerned with creating a better informed society - better informed, that is, about “best practice” wildlife management and the wise and sustainable utilization of our wild living resources for the benefit of mankind.  He has a strong and passionate commitment to exposing the menace and iniquities of the animal rights doctrine.  He is a founding member of the True Green Alliance (TGA) and, for the duration of 2016, he was its President.  In January 2017 he was appointed CEO.  The TGA is affiliated to South Africa’s wildlife Industry insofar as it has undertaken to fight the industry’s battles to overcome pernicious opposition from the South African and international animal rights movement.