Ensuring Anton Mzimba’s legacy and vision for the future continues

Following the tragic and senseless murder of Anton Mzimba on Tuesday 26 July 2022, we are committed to honouring his life and the work he did as a true wildlife warrior.

Anton was Head of Timbavati Rangers Services, technical advisor to Global Conservation Corps (GCC) and a proud past student and friend of the College.

The impact that this one man had, not only within the wildlife space, but also touching the lives of, and inspiring young children, has been simply enormous. He worked tirelessly in motivating the youth to become future rangers, creating a vision of hope for young people to grow up respecting and protecting wildlife as he did. Anton’s enduring belief, something he shared with everyone he met, was that a field ranger should be seen as a hero, someone to aspire to become. Anton lived his beliefs, never wavered from his convictions and, above all, he remained a brave and honest man.

Listen to Anton’s last podcast with the Global Conservation Corps as he gave inspiration to all and opened up the world to what it is to be a ranger. 

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve has been doing an incredible job of rallying support for the Mzimba family, meeting their immediate living needs, along with provisions for trauma counselling. Furthermore, GCC who will be the managing member, has now partnered with the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, the Southern African Wildlife College and Elephants Alive to help ensure Anton’s children’s education is looked after and that Anton’s vision for the future continues. This has resulted in the Anton Mzimba Education Trust.

The Anton Mzimba Education Trust (AMET) will seek to ensure that all of Anton’s children will have access to quality education and the futures they choose. Once secured, the vision to provide conservation scholarships and bursaries for youth who aspire to careers in conservation within the greater Kruger Area will be expanded.

There is no doubt that committed and brave rangers like Anton who committed 25 years of his life to the Timbavati, are central to the conservation of our wildlife and threatened species.

The Timbavati as well as our Greater Kruger landscape, has not only lost a great man, but also a a rhino warrior, a wildlife guardian, a loved one, a comrade, a friend and true legend. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family.

“Now more than ever, we need to come together for the greater good of this planet, its people, and its wildlife. This was Anton’s dream,”

~ Matt Lindenberg, Executive Director, Global Conservation Corps