Global Conservation Force is excited to announce the appointment of South African author and adventure-athlete Jamie Marais as our official Ambassador to South Africa. Jamie will be an amazing asset to the GCF team in helping elevate awareness for endangered species conservation.
Widely known for his extreme endurance feats, Jamie made history by becoming the first and only known person to ride a mountain bike for thirty-six hours up a grueling five-kilometer climb in the Kariega Big Five game reserve to raise support for the anti-poaching unit and the families of those affected by COVID-19 in the area.
We are delighted to have Jamie on board as our official ambassador. Impacting and uplifting projects like #JamieRides4Rhinos have raised thousands of dollars for the protection of endangered wildlife and inspired people across the world. Jamie is a passionate and influential individual with a wide network and has offered to use voice, platform and projects as an adventure athlete to align with Global Conservation Force and help support our efforts in the protection of endangered species in Africa. — Mike Veale, President of Global Conservation Force
As a child, we spent a lot of time in the bush. I’ve always had a deep appreciation for nature, wildlife, and the outdoors. I’m looking forward to being of service and doing my bit to support GCF with the protection and conservation of endangered wildlife for the benefit of future generations here in South Africa. It’s important that business steps up and partners in the fight against poaching by supporting credible organizations like GCF that train frontline forces who risk their lives daily to protect endangered rhinos, elephants, and other vulnerable wildlife at Big Five game reserves across the country. I’d like to use my sporting platform to give a voice to GCF and help people understand the critical importance of the specialized work they do here in Africa. GCF is one of the biggest supporters of anti-poaching units in South Africa and corporate South Africa needs to get in the scrum and help keep the ball moving forward. — Jamie Marais