MARC MCDONALD, ICORP’S FOUNDER
After several years in the military forces of South Africa, Marc switched to a career in the conservation and environmental fields in Southern Africa. Having often walked the Shashi river areas in Botswana, Marc already had experience of exploring the wilderness trails and observing animal behaviour. He first worked in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, famous for the white lions, and conducted courses for the Hon Ranger Corps of the National Parks.
Marc joined National Parks in 1992 and moved up the ranks, eventually developing several unique projects and tourism experiences that are still enjoyed by thousands today; such as day walks from the rest camps, the Lebombo 4×4 overland trail to name but a few. He has personally completed over 600 wilderness trails in the Kruger National Park, taking groups of 8 people on amazing bush experiences and sharing his vast knowledge of the African bush with them.
As Quality assurance officer, he then set up the training for all the field guides in Kruger, making sure that interpretation was up to date and factual. Marc left the Parks in 2004 and travelled to the UK. On returning he opened a small intimate safari company taking groups on specialized birding and botanical tours into Mozambique and the northern part of the Kruger (Pafuri). Eventually Marc returned to his beloved bush, as Park Warden of the Sabie Game Park in Mozambique.
In 2010 Marc went to live in Queensland, Australia, where he became the Ranger in Charge of several National Parks and State Forests. He then took a Senior Ranger position in Western Australia, living in the remote Pilbara on 360,000 hectares of the majestic Millstream Chichester National Park.
Marc’s deep love of the wilderness and commitment to protecting wildlife, then lead him back to Mozambique where for several months at a time he fought on the front lines, protecting rhino and other key species. After almost 8 months he had to return to Australia for personal reasons and so the ‘International Coalition of Rhino Protection’ was founded to build on Marc’s knowledge and experience of the southern African bush and continue the fight against wildlife poaching.
Marc’s commitment is now deeper and his resolve stronger than ever. He has dedicated most of his life to the protection of the southern African flora and fauna and he is now back on the African continent to directly manage ICORP’s anti-poaching team in Mozambique. Marc is there, with a dedicated team of volunteers by his side, leading the (hard) ground fight against mafia-style poaching syndicates