Following in the footsteps of the early explorers and naturalists came stories of the deeds of the continent's early conservationists. With the recognition of the need for wildlife protection came an era of pioneering individuals who, through a combination of passion and sheer determination, were able to leave an indelible mark on conservation in Africa - each contributing enormously to the established conservation order that we witness today.
Pioneering in conservation has come in many guises, from the establishment of parks and reserves, first wardens of a newly minted game reserves, to those instrumental in bringing communities and wildlife together, to others who have shown the way through their deeds and dedication.
This group includes many well known names, but also features a number of less celebrated individuals (and a few activists). There is no doubt too, that tourism and wildlife conservation are intrinsically linked, and as such, we are indebted to a number of founding personalities who gave us some of the safari operations that we see today.
Hand in hand with these early pioneers came a host of ground-breaking conservationists who each applied their individual skills and passion to a range of early challenges, from field biologists to concerned wildlife advocates there are many notable individuals that we should like to remember.