Grant Fowlds is as colorful as the art students create to save rhino and elephants from poachers.
As we arrived we are greeted by the most flamboyant pair of pants on the planet. “You ought to see the jacket,” says Grant Fowlds wildlife friend and activist. “It is traditional Zulu attire representing the struggle of the miners who trekked from far distances with clothes patched from whatever they had available,” he tells us.
Margrit met Grant through his brother Dr William Fowlds the wildlife vet author of our ebook “POACHED!” Remember the heart wrenching account of Dr. Fowlds’ heroic attempt to save Geza the rhino?
Grant’s work is similar to his pants. His sacrifice and passion for wildlife is a patchwork of many projects, presentations, connections, and areas of influence over many years. On the front lines he has given his all to stem the tide of wildlife annihilation and exploitation.
Grant heads up the Fundraising and Ambassadorial function of Rhino Art and its Subsidiaries under Project Rhino KZN and African Conservation Trust. Part of the huge effort to stamp out rhino poaching in the far north of the province; an area which once boasted the densest population of White Rhino in South Africa.
His passion is also educating and empowering the youth with Rhino, and now Elephant, Art projects; where kids of all ages brainstorm solutions for the wildlife trafficking problem and make a statement of their commitments to be part of the change with art.
Using art and soccer, the ‘Rhino Art-Let the Children’s Voices Be Heard’ campaign has now reached over 200,000 young people mainly throughout southern and central Africa with a rhino conservation message that encourages them to voice their thoughts about rhino poaching. All of course with the goal to save Rhino and Elephants from Poachers.
Another major initiative is the World Youth Rhino Summit which attracted 140 youth delegates from 20 counties to engage and create youth conservation leaders through education in wildlife conservation and protection strategies. The aim is to empower the youth delegates to become local, national and international Ambassadors for Wildlife Conservation and influence policy at local, state, national and international levels.
Grant also speaks to whoever will listen and listen they do from around the world such as his USA tour to major Universities including Harvard this year. We met him speaking at a Retirement Center in North Durban.
As we speak he is reopening and attempting to repopulate a reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; one of the least wildlife friendly, most exploited countries in Africa. He says, “I know it’s crazy but I’ve got to try.” It is, however, not just a whim and a hope. Grant has connections in high places, a location with good protection from credible sources, and the background to make it work. We wish him God Speed.
Grant definitely has earned the right to wear his fancy pants as he tries to patch up the wildlife world with whatever and whoever he can find… and makes it work.