President Zuma sends condolences to Ian Player's family

Renowned nature conservationist Ian Player died at his home in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.

Renowned nature conservationist Ian Player died at his home in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend. Picture: Who’s Who

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has sent his condolences to the family of renowned nature conservationist Ian Player, who died at his home in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.

The president has thanked Player for his exceptional and consistent work in the field of nature conservation.

In the 1970s, Player led Operation Rhino, which is credited with ensuring the survival of the white rhino in KwaZulu-Natal.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says, "He did exceptionally well in this field, consistently for decades and managed to put South Africa on the map. His passing is a great loss to the nation and for the nature conservation community worlwide."