"In my opinion, Ron Thomson is one of the greatest wildlife, conservation and hunting writers of our time".
Ron Thomson commands the respect of hunters and conservationists and has been described by some as a 'Living Legend'. Others consider him to be a "Hunting Icon". (See his awards.)
His vast African "Big Five" hunting experience was gained during a colonial period that is now long gone, as has the opportunity for anybody to replicate what Ron has achieved. All of his hunting was conducted under totally fair-chase and free-range conditions, and in completely wild habitats where the animals could escape to the horizon and beyond if they so wished.
Throughout his professional life Ron Thomson was a game warden in one or another of Africa's national park organizations - primarily in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). There his big game hunting experience grew out of government's need to employ him, and others like him, to conduct problem animal control work - on leopard, lion, hippo, buffalo and elephant - wherever these animals were in conflict with man. Ron and his supporting team also captured 140 black rhinos on foot, using conventional hunting techniques but armed only with a dart gun.
After twenty-four years of service in Rhodesia's National Parks there was no other game ranger in the country who could better Ron's hunting scores or who could challenge his supremacy.
He is a university trained ecologist and, for twenty years, was a Chartered Biologist for the European Union. He continues to write books and articles explaining the principles and practices of wildlife management (a.k.a. 'nature conservation'). In this regard he has been called 'a visionary' and his deep and avant-garde understanding of his subject is apparent to all who listen to him.
When he recounts his big game hunting stories nobody is left in any doubt that this man has, indeed, an incredibly high level of experience. It is also evident that during his active years he developed a very special and unique hunting skill that few hunters ever achieve.
Ron Thomson has a total of 56 years of hands-on experience in wildlife management, national park administration and African big game hunting. This, together with his thorough understanding of the science of wildlife management, places him in a class of his own.
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