Vice President of GCF Africa Conservation Campaign
Calvin Kipling is a South African born in Cape Town. Having spent most of his young life exploring with his family all over southern Africa, he developed an immense respect and admiration for nature. After completing his education Calvin went on to study fitness and personal training, working at several gyms and coaching many different sports teams. He then went on to study wildlife film making, and worked for several prestigious film companies in and around cape town. When the plight of the rhino began Calvin decided that he could not sit by and watch this happen. He then dropped everything and moved to the front line of the Rhino poaching crisis, the Greater Kruger national park. After completing his extensive 6 week Advanced anti-poaching basics training at Protrack, he went straight to the front line and worked in the field, completing several 16 day clandestine foot patrols all over the greater Kruger region. After several months of patrols Calvin got drafted to join the training division. There he flourished and was quickly promoted to Head instructor, instructing new recruits on everything from suspect tracking, clandestine operations, survival, cover and concealment, tactical operations and much more. He then went on to get his tactical shooting qualifications and became the companies firearm and weapons instructor as well. After over 3 years of instructing he then got promoted to a senior position, overseeing and managing over 180 ranger staff on the ground, managing from deployment operations and retraining to reaction deployments. He also works alongside the Rhino Task Team in all intelligence driven operations. Calvin met Mike in early 2014 when he came to do his Anti-poaching training. Calvin and Mike immediately saw that they were equally passionate about conservation, and have been working alongside ever since.