MARC MCDONALD, ICORP’S FOUNDER
Marc McDonald joined the South African National Parks system in 1992. During his tenure with SanParks, Marc was instrumental in the development and implementation of several unique projects and tourism projects still enjoyed today by thousands today such as day walk trails and the Lebombo 4X4 overland trail. He has personally completed over 600 wilderness trails in the Kruger National Park, escorting many tourists on amazing adventures and sharing his vast knowledge of the African bush.
As a Quality Assurance officer for SanParks, Marc was instrumental in developing and executing the training for field guides inside Kruger National Park ensuring that the curriculum was relevant and up to date. Marc left SanParks in 2004 but returned to South Africa and opened a small and intimate safari company escorting clients on specialized birding and botanical tours into Mozambique and the northern areas of Kruger National Park. Eventually Marc served as the Park Warden of Sabie Game Park in Mozambique.
In 2010, Marc assumed another position as the Ranger in Charge of several national parks and state forests in Australia. He was then appointed to a senior ranger position in Western Australia in the remote Millstream Chichester National Park. Marc’s deep love of the wilderness and commitment to protecting wildlife led him back to Mozambique to lead a Counter-Poaching Unit where he was instrumental in the fight against poachers targeting rhino and other species. Marc had to return to Australia for personal reasons and so the International Coalition of Rhino Poaching was founded to build upon Marc’s knowledge and experience and to continue the fight against wildlife poaching.
Marc and ICORP’s Counter-Poaching Unit is now providing security and counter-poaching support for the SanWild Wildlife Trust’s sanctuary in South Africa.