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A podcast about rangers, rhinos, and what we can do to stop the poaching crisis.

In support of the Global Conservation Corps feature-length documentary, Rhino Man, which is about the courageous field rangers who risk their lives every day to protect South Africa's rhinos from being poached to extinction.

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A podcast about rangers, rhinos, and what we can do to stop the poaching crisis.

In support of the Global Conservation Corps feature-length documentary, Rhino Man, which is about the courageous field rangers who risk their lives every day to protect South Africa's rhinos from being poached to extinction.

    Ep 13: Sean Willmore - The Thin Green Line Foundation and telling the rangers' stories.

    Ep 13: Sean Willmore - The Thin Green Line Foundation and telling the rangers' stories.

    In this episode, I'm talking with my friend Sean Willmore. Sean was an Australian Park Ranger for 11 years before selling his car, remortgaging his home, and heading off on a 14 month trip around the world to make a film about rangers. His efforts to bring attention to the dangerous work undertaken by these warriors has won him international acclaim. Using profits from the documentary The Thin Green Line, Sean started The Thin Green Line Foundation, where he currently works as the founder and Managing Director. He also served for 8 years as the President of the International Rangers Federation.

    In this conversation, we talk about Sean's early connection to conservation and his work as a ranger in Australia. We dive deep into the decision to risk it all to follow a passion to tell these rangers stories. We hear about the many challenges that rangers face in diverse settings around the world, and what The Thin Green Line Foundation is doing to address them. There are so many amazing stories from Sean's life and from the fellow rangers he's encountered.

    Subscribe, Like, and Review The Rhino Man Podcast on #Spotify and #ApplePodcast today!

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    Thank you for listening to The Rhino Man Podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you're excited to see the film succeed, please subscribe and review our podcast on #Spotify and #iTunes. Then follow us on Instagram and Facebook @rhinomanthemovie. More details about Rhino Man, the social impact campaign, and future screenings are at rhinomanthemovie.org.

    To learn more about the Global Conservation Corps and their work visit globalconservationcorps.org, sign up for the newsletter, and follow GCC on all of the social platforms.

    If you liked this podcast, make sure to subscribe to and catch up on GCC's Voices of Nature Podcast, where Bob Ludke interviews a wide range of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in conservation.

    A special thanks goes out to Simón Wilson for the music for this podcast. He is the brilliant composer for Rhino Man the movie. Learn more about his work at simonwilsonmusic.com.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 12: Precious Malapane - K9 handler, field ranger, and fierce woman of conservation.

    Ep 12: Precious Malapane - K9 handler, field ranger, and fierce woman of conservation.

    In this episode, I'm talking with my friend Precious Malapane. Precious is from Mpumalanga, South Africa, where she grew up on the boarder of Kruger National Park. She became a ranger at the Southern African Wildlife College, where she then went on to become a K9 handler and trainer. Precious deployed with K9s to support rangers in the field tracking poachers, and she helped train new candidates in ranger selections and training courses at the College. She is now working as a field ranger and K9 handler out in the field.

    In this conversation, we talk about how Precious first connected with wildlife, her love of dogs, what it was like as a woman in ranger selection and training, and her advice for women wanting to become a ranger. There are a ton of stories about working with dogs, overcoming tough challenges, and following that passion within.

    Subscribe, Like, and Review The Rhino Man Podcast on #Spotify and #ApplePodcast today!

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    Thank you for listening to The Rhino Man Podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you're excited to see the film succeed, please subscribe and review our podcast on #Spotify and #iTunes. Then follow us on Instagram and Facebook @rhinomanthemovie. More details about Rhino Man, the social impact campaign, and future screenings are at rhinomanthemovie.org.

    To learn more about the Global Conservation Corps and their work visit globalconservationcorps.org, sign up for the newsletter, and follow GCC on all of the social platforms.

    If you liked this podcast, make sure to subscribe to and catch up on GCC's Voices of Nature Podcast, where Bob Ludke interviews a wide range of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in conservation.

    A special thanks goes out to Simón Wilson for the music for this podcast. He is the brilliant composer for Rhino Man the movie. Learn more about his work at simonwilsonmusic.com.

    • 58 min
    Ep 11: Matt Lindenberg - GCC, RHINO MAN, and fighting for the future of conservation.

    Ep 11: Matt Lindenberg - GCC, RHINO MAN, and fighting for the future of conservation.

    In this episode, I'm talking with one of my best friends in the world, Matthew Lindenberg. Matt is the founder and executive director of the Global Conservation Corps and a co-director and producer of RHINO MAN the movie. Early on, Matt studied at the Southern African Wildlife College, where he subsequently worked for six years. During this time, Matt was mentored by Martin Mthembu, one of the finest ranger trainers in the African continent. Matt went on to attain his Masters in Cheetah Conservation from Grand Valley State University. After Martin passed away in 2014, Matt was compelled to continue Martin's legacy of conservation and he did so by founding GCC and RHINO MAN the movie.

    In this conversation, Matt and I dig deep into his early connection to wildlife, his years of moving around South Africa and the US, his struggle for direction during his youth, how he eventually reconnected with his love of nature, and the path down which following this passion took him. We dive into the inspiration for starting the Global Conservation Corps, how RHINO MAN the movie came about, the trials and tribulations we've both had while bringing the film to life, and some of the recent challenges since COVID-19 changed the world. There are a ton of amazing stories of overcoming struggle, finding one's direction, and committing to something bigger than oneself.

    Subscribe, Like, and Review The Rhino Man Podcast on #Spotify and #ApplePodcast today!

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    Thank you for listening to The Rhino Man Podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you're excited to see the film succeed, please subscribe and review our podcast on #Spotify and #iTunes. Then follow us on Instagram and Facebook @rhinomanthemovie. More details about Rhino Man, the social impact campaign, and future screenings are at rhinomanthemovie.org.

    To learn more about the Global Conservation Corps and their work visit globalconservationcorps.org, sign up for the newsletter, and follow GCC on all of the social platforms.

    If you liked this podcast, make sure to subscribe to and catch up on GCC's Voices of Nature Podcast, where Bob Ludke interviews a wide range of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in conservation.

    A special thanks goes out to Simón Wilson for the music for this podcast. He is the brilliant composer for Rhino Man the movie. Learn more about his work at simonwilsonmusic.com.

    • 2 hr 21 min
    Ep 10: Rohit Singh - WWF, advocating for rangers, and Life on the Frontline.

    Ep 10: Rohit Singh - WWF, advocating for rangers, and Life on the Frontline.

    In this episode, I'm talking with Rohit Singh. Rohit is the lead for Zero Poaching at World Wildlife Fund (WWF). His current work helps advance WWF’s priority wildlife conservation outcomes and helps reduce illegal and unsustainable wildlife exploitation and trade. Rohit works closely with WWF field offices, regional programs, global initiatives and partners to support conservation law enforcement in protected and conserved areas through developing and implementing best practices and innovations.

    In this conversation, Rohit takes us on his journey from an early desire to work with wildlife, up to his current work with rangers. We go deep into the Life on the Frontline survey, which reveals many of the challenges rangers face on the job around the world: Everything from low wages, to lack of mental health support, to poor training, and gender inequalities. We talk about his work through WWF and the Universal Ranger Support Alliance to create better working standards and respect for the ranger position internationally. Rohit tells stories of some amazing rangers and leaves us with a beautiful quote from a fellow ranger. So much to learn about how we can all come together and support these amazing guardians of the planet.

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    Thank you for listening to The Rhino Man Podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you're excited to see the film succeed, please subscribe and review our podcast on #Spotify and #iTunes. Then follow us on Instagram and Facebook @rhinomanthemovie. More details about Rhino Man, the social impact campaign, and future screenings are at rhinomanthemovie.org.

    To learn more about the Global Conservation Corps and their work visit globalconservationcorps.org, sign up for the newsletter, and follow GCC on all of the social platforms.

    If you liked this podcast, make sure to subscribe to and catch up on GCC's Voices of Nature Podcast, where Bob Ludke interviews a wide range of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in conservation.

    A special thanks goes out to Simón Wilson for the music for this podcast. He is the brilliant composer for Rhino Man the movie. Learn more about his work at simonwilsonmusic.com.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep 9: Petronel Nieuwoudt - Care for Wild and the collective passion for saving the rhinos.

    Ep 9: Petronel Nieuwoudt - Care for Wild and the collective passion for saving the rhinos.

    In this episode, I'm talking with Petronel Nieuwoudt. After completing her university studies, Petronel joined the Endangered Species Protection Unit of the South African Police Service, where she held the rank of Captain. In 1999, she left the police service and started The Game Capture School, which focused on the best practices for wildlife capture, care, and management. Petronel also started the Sondela and Tamboti wildlife centres. In 2011, she moved to Mpumalanga where her passion for the protection of wildlife resulted in the founding of Care for Wild Africa, a rescue and rehabilitation centre for all wildlife in need.

    In this conversation, we talk about Petronel's youth growing up on a farm surrounded by wildlife. We go into her journey of conservation that led up to the founding of Care for Wild. Petronel tells beautiful stories about all of the sacrifices the many people have made in working to save the rhino species, everything from dangerous helicopter flights, to rangers risking their lives, to the endless long hours the caretakers put into keeping these orphaned survivors alive. This episode is truly a journey of passion and love for the people and animals of this amazing planet.

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    Thank you for listening to The Rhino Man Podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you're excited to see the film succeed, please subscribe and review our podcast on #Spotify and #iTunes. Then follow us on Instagram and Facebook @rhinomanthemovie. More details about Rhino Man, the social impact campaign, and future screenings are at rhinomanthemovie.org.

    To learn more about the Global Conservation Corps and their work visit globalconservationcorps.org, sign up for the newsletter, and follow GCC on all of the social platforms.

    If you liked this podcast, make sure to subscribe to and catch up on GCC's Voices of Nature Podcast, where Bob Ludke interviews a wide range of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in conservation.

    A special thanks goes out to Simón Wilson for the music for this podcast. He is the brilliant composer for Rhino Man the movie. Learn more about his work at simonwilsonmusic.com.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep 8: Ruben De Kock - A life dedicated to training rangers as the frontline of conservation.

    Ep 8: Ruben De Kock - A life dedicated to training rangers as the frontline of conservation.

    In this episode, I'm talking with my good friend Ruben De Kock. Ruben was first a soldier in the South African Defence Force, where he specialized in training equestrian and motorcycle skills along with weapons handling. When he retired as a Staff Sergeant he began training field rangers for the Bureau of Natural Resources in KwaZulu-Natal. There he met the legendary ranger trainer Martin Mthembu, who soon became Ruben's best friend and eventually partner in their own business, African Field Ranger Training Services. Together, along with Ruben's wife Marianne, they trained thousands of rangers across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Later they sold AFRTS to the Southern African Wildlife College, and now Ruben works as the Development Manager at LEAD Ranger. He is also one of the stars of our film RHINO MAN.

    In this chat, we take a trip into Ruben's storied past - plane crashes in the Congo, poacher encounters in the bush. We learn about his time in the military, and when he first trained rangers at Ntinini under conservationist Nick Steele. We dive deep into his relationships with his friend Martin and his wife Marianne, and we explore Ruben's passion for everything rangers. He has truly dedicated his life to fighting for field rangers, making sure that they get the best skills and support they well deserve.

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    Thank you for listening to The Rhino Man Podcast. If you enjoyed this episode and you're excited to see the film succeed, please subscribe and review our podcast on #Spotify and #iTunes. Then follow us on Instagram and Facebook @rhinomanthemovie. More details about Rhino Man, the social impact campaign, and future screenings are at rhinomanthemovie.org.

    To learn more about the Global Conservation Corps and their work visit globalconservationcorps.org, sign up for the newsletter, and follow GCC on all of the social platforms.

    If you liked this podcast, make sure to subscribe to and catch up on GCC's Voices of Nature Podcast, where Bob Ludke interviews a wide range of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in conservation.

    A special thanks goes out to Simón Wilson for the music for this podcast. He is the brilliant composer for Rhino Man the movie. Learn more about his work at simonwilsonmusic.com.

    • 2 hr 18 min

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