Pull The Thread: The Wild Life – Ep 4 Incorruptible

Check out Podcast Episode 4 of Pull The Thread: The Wild Life.

This episode is named Incorruptible in reference to the late Anton Mzimba, whose life and death are featured along with the RHINO MAN story. It includes interviews with Leitah Mkhabela. Orlat Ndlovu, Ruben de Kock, and John Jurko II. Check out the entire series on all of the podcast platforms.

This episode also goes into some of the complexities and historical wrongs that have made conservation efforts fraught with moral and ethical issues. However, they do not go into the many efforts to change these dynamics for the better within the Timbavati and the Greater Kruger Area through education, access, pathways to careers in conservation, and local community ownership. It’s not a topic that can easily be given a full picture within 10 mins of a podcast episode. We have worked closely with the team at the Timbavati and they are some of the most caring, passionate, and dedicated in the space, striving to make positive change.

This episode also makes it seem as though RHINO MAN was John Jurko’s idea, however it was originally a promise to the rangers to tell their stories made by Matt Lindenberg of GCC during his time at the Southern African Wildlife College. In 2015, rangers were the unsung heroes working behind the scenes of conservation. John worked closely with Matt and the rangers of the Timbavati and SAWC to honor this promise.

There is still work being done to bring justice to Anton’s killers. To help make our voice heard, please sign our petition by visiting justiceforanton.org

Some compare illegal wildlife trafficking to a war. On the front line are the poachers and the game rangers. Syndicates often rely on the corruptibility of these poorly-paid rangers to be information providers and protectors. Anton Mzimba, a guardian of rhinos and other big game in South Africa, refused to be one of them.

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Ep 55: Nick Smith – RHINO MAN’s DP on filmmaking, photography and a life of travel.

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Our guest in this episode is my friend, Nick Smith. Nick is an experienced DP and photographer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s shot all over the world for amazing brands and nonprofits. Nick is also the Director of Photography of RHINO MAN, and he lead the project with his work for 3 years before my involvement.

In this conversation, we talk about Nick’s journey in the world of RHINO MAN, along with his love of photography and travel. Nick is a humble guy, and one of the most inspiring people I know.

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Colorado Environmental Film Festival 2024 Filmmaker Conversation with RHINO MAN.

John Jurko II, the lead producer/director of RHINO MAN was interviewed as part of the film’s selection for CEFF 2024.

The festival hosted an amazing screening of the film on Friday, February 27th at 7:30pm to an audience of 75. Everyone stayed for a great Q&A with the team and had excellent questions on the topics of rangers and rhinos. We can’t thank the CEFF team enough for allowing us to be a part of their 2024 programming.

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Special Episode – What’s Next for Rhino Man? Updates on the Podcast and Film.

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In this special episode of The Rhino Man Podcast, host John Jurko II talks about what’s to come for Rhino Man in 2024. To start, he’s planning a new and improved version of the podcast, which will include in-person interviews of rangers and conservationists. These will be video episodes with studio quality audio. A first in the conservation space. John hopes to highlight the heroes working to protect our planet’s wildlife in the build up to the release of the film.

And as for RHINO MAN the movie, 2024 is the year of its release. Watch out, over the next 6 months, for screening dates at festivals across the United States, Canada, and the UK. These will lead into a theatrical release of the film in June and culminate with an online release come July of 2024. We’re so excited to share the film with you and could use your support in getting the word out.

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National Park After Dark – 185: Behind the Scenes of RHINO MAN with John Jurko II

RHINO MAN was featured in another episode of National Park After Dark. Show description and show links below.

Today we are joined again by John Jurko, director and producer of Rhino Man, a film that follows the courageous field rangers who risk their lives every day to protect South Africa’s rhinos from being poached to extinction.

A lot has happened since our first discussion with John last year, and he catches us up with all the developments regarding the film, his life and the legacy work he and his team continue to dedicate in memory of Anton Mzimba.

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Wild For Change: Episode 40 – RHINO MAN The Movie

RHINO MAN was featured in an episode of Wild For Change. Show description and show links below.

On today’s Wild For Change podcast, we speak with John Jurko II, creative director of Global Conservation Corps and lead producer and director of the film RHINO MAN.

Global Conservation Corps is a non-profit organization that is bridging the gap between communities and wildlife.  The film RHINO MAN was the first project of Global Conservation Corps and was created to support the rangers protecting the rhino and to share their stories.

Rangers are the front line, the boots on the ground, protecting our diminishing population of rhino that deserve to be here but are being poached for their horn.  These rangers put their lives on the line to protect the rhino. This is what makes a ranger so special and formidable.  This is truly where passion meets purpose.

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National Park After Dark: People of the Parks – RHINO MAN with John Jurko II

RHINO MAN was featured in an episode of National Park After Dark. Show description and show links below.

In today’s episode, we speak with John Jurko II, the lead producer of an upcoming documentary film, Rhino Man. We discuss the poaching crisis in places like Kruger National Park and the Rangers who risk their lives to protect the wildlife. We also take the time to honor the legacy of Anton Mzimba, a lead ranger and protagonist of the film, who recently had his life taken because of the work he did in wildlife conservation.

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Ep 23: Paul Thomaz – RHINO MAN: an anthem for the rangers, and a passion for music.

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In this episode, I’m talking with Paul Thomaz Lindenberg. Paul is a singer-songwriter who grew up in South Africa during apartheid. He served in the military and became a part of the band, performing for soldiers deployed to the Border War. He eventually made his way to Italy, where his musical career grew. He performed regularly and recorded songs for Polydor Records, some of which are now being re-released through Underflow Records.

This is a very special conversation, because Paul is the father of Matt Lindenberg, my good friend, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Conservation Corps. Paul’s newly released song, Rhino Man, was the inspiration for the title of our film and is an ode to the rangers who put their lives on the line to protect the rhinos.

In this chat, we discuss Paul’s early days growing up, his relationship with music, his time in the military, and his desire to see the world. We talk about his musical process, and how he became connected to conservation. We dive into the development of the song Rhino Man, and how that name, along with Matt’s passion for conservation, sparked a movement. Paul even gives us an acoustic taste of Rhino Man at the end of the episode. So make sure to listen to the end, and then go to Spotify or Apple Music to hear the fully produced release.

This episode is dedicated to the late great legend and friend, ranger Anton Mzimba (1980-2022).


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