Filed under Zimbabwe Wildlife Habitat Conservation & Animal Protection Research Fund
We received the very unexpected news that Rolf Hangartner was killed in a car accident while driving back to his Cannonkopje Farm in Mutorashanga. We send condolences to his family and friends and to his loyal staff at the farm, where he lived. He and his wife Jennifer, together with their 3 sons, moved to the farm to set up a project involving the breeding of Wattled Cranes, a project that has had its challenges and triumphs. The real measure of its success has been the community involvement, and the conservation measures he has passed down to future conservationists. His great wish is that the farm carry on with the people who have gained the knowledge of how to protect the environment for future generations.
He was an amazing man and conservationist, not only of wildlife, but of natural resourses . He taught, and shared with everyone, all that he knew. A considerable wealth of values, wisdom and knowledge, built up over his 80 years. Of Swiss origin, he brought with him knowledge from growing up in such a country, although most of his adult life has been spent in Africa, largely Kenya and Zimbabwe.
For all that knew him, he will be remembered for his energy, his resilience, his ability to balance life and live it as life should be lived. He had a great sense of humour, a real love of life and people, and a spirit of adventure. He was always enquiring, always intrigued by new ideas, and always willing to try new things.
It has been a privilege for us to have been involved in his conservation efforts, and pray that they will continue through others, unhindered. A life worth celebrating.