Hunting in a country like Tanzania, when done selectively and conscientiously, is a conservation effort. By giving some of the most important wilderness outside national parks an economic value, the idea of hunting one to protect ten becomes a sustainable way to give these areas a future.

In 2012, however, I realised that I had to personally take even greater steps - to protect the African elephant in particular. The sudden and massive wave of elephant poaching for ivory, devastating the bush in Africa, had reached such proportions that it made me and one other realise that we had to take action. Thus we formed the foundation Ivory Black.

I am a hunter by nature and an author and conservationist by soul. To a hunting conservationist the aim is balance and sustainability. The driving force is adventure as much as it is respect, protection and love for nature. It is to be the eyes and ears of the forest or the bush. It is about being part of nature, part of the food chain. It is about being someone who takes personal responsibility for the nature you live in and off.

Taking down a poachers camp.
Photo: Courtesy of David Yarrow.

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