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Tales Less Told meets conservationists, ex-soldiers and adventurers living unconventional and fascinating lives in Africa and beyond.

Tales Less Told meets conservationists, ex-soldiers and adventurers living unconventional and fascinating lives in Africa and beyond.
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Tales Less Told meets conservationists, ex-soldiers and adventurers living unconventional and fascinating lives in Africa and beyond.

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English


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Chris Hoare discusses the extraordinary life of his father, 'Mad Mike' Hoare

7/4/2019
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The name 'Mad Mike' Hoare is synonymous with post-war swash-buckling adventure. Embracing the philosophy that you get more out of life by living dangerously, Hoare soldiered, traversed Africa by motorbike, pioneered safaris in the Kalahari, commanded mercenaries in the Congo, led a coup in the Seychelles, and was the inspiration behind the film The Wild Geese. Chris Hoare is a journalist, eldest son of Mike Hoare, and author of a biography detailing his father's life: 'Mad Mike' Hoare: The...

Duration:00:54:35

Conservation #8 Elephants & Bees ... controlling elephant behaviour to save trees

6/6/2019
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Robin Cook of Elephants Alive explains the effect of elephants in the environment and rural communities, and the innovative counter-measures researchers are taking to mitigate human-elephant conflict and damage of large trees. http://elephantsalive.org/science/bees-and-trees/

Duration:00:50:28

Conservation #7 Michelle Henley & Elephants Alive

4/24/2019
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As human populations grow, so does their need for land. This often brings them ever closer to wildlife areas, and with it, increased chance of human-animal conflict. Michelle Henley co-founded and leads Elephants Alive, a research organisation which provides science-based information to ensure the survival of elephants and their habitats and to promote harmonious co-existence between man and elephants. In this episode Michelle speaks of the wonder of elephants and the challenges and rewards...

Duration:00:51:04

Line of Fire #4: the role of Psychological Operations in war - a General speaks

4/17/2019
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As Kleynhans served as a Brigadier General in the South African Army, and spent a large part of his career running Psychological Operations (PsyOps) in what became known as the Border War, the conflict in South West Africa/Namibia prior to its independence in 1989. In a wide-ranging discussion, As talks about the history of the war, the challenges of taking on the Soviet and Cuban backed SWAPO and PLAN forces, the role of propaganda in war, lessons from running a 23 year counter-insurgency...

Duration:01:41:54

Antipoaching #4 - Using tech to combat wildlife crime - a case study at Welgevonden

4/5/2019
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Welgevonden is a stunning game reserve a few hours north of Johannesburg, and home to a wide variety of African wildlife. It's also what could be described as a 'test site' for an exciting new technology which offers hope to the problem of poaching and wildlife crime. In this episode, CEO Shaun McCartney and Head of Security Kassie Knoetze discuss the security challenges Welgevonden faces, the importance of adopting a proactive mentality, and the role experimental technology plays in...

Duration:00:42:31

Conservation #6 Communities, Poverty and Poaching

4/1/2019
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Mike Grover trained as an ecologist and spent 8 happy years getting involved in all things related to running a wildlife reserve. Then the rhino poaching kicked off and his focus changed. But rather than go down the paramilitary road that so many others were, he took a different approach. In this episode Mike talks about the big picture, and how an holistic view encompassing the upliftment of impoverished communities is critical for the longterm health of Africa's wildlife.

Duration:00:55:39

Line of Fire #3: the Call to Adventure: a young South African decides to join the French Foreign Legion

3/28/2019
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For nearly 200 years, the thirst for adventure has drawn many young men to the French Foreign Legion. In our latest podcast, Alex du Bruyn discusses his reasons for joining the Legion, being posted to Papillon's sweaty French Guiana, and the book that came of it, Escaping the Amazon. https://www.alexdebruyn.com/escaping-the-amazon Buy it on Amazon

Duration:01:21:32

Conservation #5: At Close Quarters - a life of photography in the wild

3/21/2019
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Villiers Steyn and Lance van der Vyver from wildlife photography specialists At Close Quarters talk about their love of the bush and teaching the finer points to photography enthusiasts. http://atclosequarters.com https://www.facebook.com/atclosequarters Support Tales Less Told podcast: www.taleslesstold.com/donate Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast! Flying 4 Rhino operates aerial support over conservation areas, and plays a key role in deterring and detecting poachers. Please...

Duration:00:47:39

Line of Fire #2: ex-Special Forces officer and the operation that changed his life (and more)

3/18/2019
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In 1985 Wynand du Toit led a patrol of crack South African Recce soldiers from a submarine to a sensitive oil installation in Angola. The mission: to blow it up, and hinder Angola's ability to wage war. But things went wrong, and Wynand ended up wounded, captured and paraded before the international press. After almost 3 years of solitary confinement, he was suddenly released. His subsequent search for the truth behind the failed mission, however, raised more questions than...

Duration:01:24:26

Antipoaching #3 - running an anti-poaching operation

3/14/2019
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Once upon a time Lisa Trueman was a veterinary nurse from Wales. Somehow she transitioned to overseeing hot anti-poaching operations, coordinating multiple air and ground assets to catch armed poachers on the run in the South African bush. Support Tales Less Told podcast: www.taleslesstold.com/donate Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast! Flying 4 Rhino operates aerial support over conservation areas, and plays a key role in deterring and detecting poachers. Please consider supporting...

Duration:00:43:34

Conservation #4: Owls, witches and community health

3/11/2019
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What's the connection between owls, community health and ancient African superstitions? In this episode Delina Chipape from EcoSolutions explains how the introduction of owls in impoverished African communities is improving health, conservation and age-old attitudes. http://ecosolutions.co.za/ https://www.facebook.com/Ecosolutionsurbanecology/ Support Tales Less Told podcast: www.taleslesstold.com/donate Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast! Flying 4 Rhino operates aerial support...

Duration:00:34:40

Conservation #3: Looking after the little guys - rehabilitating Africa's smaller wildlife

3/5/2019
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The Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital plays a key role in treating and rehabilitating injured indigenous African medium and small wildlife, free of charge. Some of the species we treat include: bats, owls, raptors, mongoose, pangolin, meerkat, serval, genet, hedgehogs, bush babies, garden birds, water birds and otter – to name but a few. In this episode Nicci Wright talks about the special work they...

Duration:00:51:19

Antipoaching #2: Funding the fight against rhino poaching

2/28/2019
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The SAVE African Rhino Foundation (SARF) was founded over 30 years ago in Perth, Australia, in response to a poaching crisis in the 80s. They haven't stopped since, raising and distributing some A$10m to anti-poaching and conservation causes in Southern Africa. In the second episode of our anti-poaching podcasts, founder Nicholas Duncan talks about the history of the foundation, his motivation, the challenges and thoughts for the future of Africa's rhinos. Learn more about SARF:...

Duration:01:11:16

Line of Fire #1: From South African Recce Special Forces to Private Military Contractor

2/5/2019
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Johan Raath joined the famed South African 'Recces' Special Forces straight from school, then plied his trade for 20 years in some of the world's most dangerous places. In an interview drawing on his book 'Blood Money', Johan describes a life lived in the danger zone as a private military contractor. Blood Money is available on Amazon. Support Tales Less Told podcast: www.taleslesstold.com/donate Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast! Flying 4 Rhino operates aerial support over...

Duration:01:18:13

Conservation #2: Up close with dangerous animals - life as a wildlife vet

2/1/2019
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Darting lions, performing a caesarean on a buffalo, de-horning a rhino ... it's an average working day for Joel Alves, wildlife vet. Hear Joel talk about the unique aspects and challenges of his chosen career. Support Tales Less Told podcast: www.taleslesstold.com/donate Flying 4 Rhino operates aerial support over conservation areas, and plays a key role in deterring and detecting poachers. Please consider supporting them.

Duration:01:06:18

Conservation #1: Safari by foot - a trails guide's story

2/1/2019
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Disease and a near fatal accident meant Bruce Lawson spent much of his early life in a wheelchair and crutches. Somehow he crafted a career as a trails guide, and spent a couple of years walking the length of Africa. With over 30 years of walking trails guide experience in Africa, you'd think Bruce Lawson would have seen it all. But as he explains, life in the wild is full of surprises and lessons. Lowveld Walking Trails: www.lowveldtrails.co.za/ Support Tales Less Told podcast:...

Duration:01:01:15

Antipoaching #1: At the coalface - anti-poaching in Africa and Burma

1/30/2019
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Calvin Kipling works at the forefront of the anti-poaching industry, training prospective rangers in the arts of tracking, fieldcraft, survival, and what to do when confronting armed poachers. Support Tales Less Told podcast: www.taleslesstold.com/donate Flying 4 Rhino operates aerial support over conservation areas, and plays a key role in deterring and detecting poachers. Please consider supporting them. Global Conservation Force: https://globalconservationforce.org/ Artifact Kevin...

Duration:01:35:19