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Join The Explorers Club on Thursday, October 12th, when Filmmakers and Conservationists, John Jurko II and Matt Lindenberg from the Global Conservation Corps (GCC) will share stories of sacrifice, emotional scenes from the unreleased film, and harrowing adventures from the last 8 years of creating RHINO MAN; an award winning-documentary which highlights the courageous field rangers who risk their lives every day to protect our natural world.

 

The film features the late Anton Mzimba, a highly decorated South African field ranger who was assassinated at his home in July, 2022, sparking an international outcry for increased protection, advocacy and justice for these front-line heroes. Since Anton’s death, Matt and John have been global ambassadors for the film and its message; engaging leaders such as The Prince of Wales, Fortune 500 executives and international politicians to create better conditions and advocacy for rangers.

Matt and John recall the close friendship they built with ranger Anton Mzimba, and the deep tragedy of his loss. John speaks specifically to the challenges, critical importance and aspirations for RHINO MAN the Movie, while Matt expands on Anton’s vision of engaging the next generation of local conservation leaders to take up the mantle for our planet’s future, reinforced through a variety of select RHINO MAN film footage.

RHINO MAN has recently been selected as finalist in two categories at the Jackson Wildlife Media Awards, and will have a special pre-release screening on September 25th, 2023 during the weeklong event at the Jackson Lake Lodge.

 


RESERVATIONS

This will be an in-person lecture at Explorers Club Headquarters.

In-person tickets are $15 for Members, and $30 for the General Public.

Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Speakers

Matt Lindenberg

Matt grew up next to the Kruger Park, South Africa, experiencing the wonders of African wildlife with his parents, who loved the great outdoors. At the age of 11, life abruptly took him to the United States and down a completely different path. He excelled in sports, especially snowboarding and tennis. Right after receiving a collegiate scholarship offer, an injury dashed his pro tennis hopes. He moved on to pursue a career as a combat fighter pilot, only to discover that he was color blind – that career didn’t quite take off. Dejected, Matt returned to South Africa for a holiday to see his mum and got reacquainted with his passion for wildlife. After reuniting with the African bush, Matt enrolled at the Southern African Wildlife College, where he studied and subsequently worked for six years. During this time, Matt was mentored by an extraordinary man; Martin Mthembu, one of the finest ranger trainers the continent of Africa has ever known. Martin preached that the future of conservation relied on ownership and inclusion of the people living next to wildlife. After Martin passed away in a tragic car accident, Matt knew that he had to continue Martin’s legacy and founded GCC to continue his important work.

John Jurko II

John Jurko II grew up in the rural village of Yankee Lake, in Northeast Ohio. At the age of 21 he was elected mayor, while simultaneously aspiring to be a rock star as a long-haired lead guitarist in a local band. Lucky for the world, politics and music didn’t work out for John, but he eventually found his true passion in filmmaking. He received a BA in Film Production and Philosophy before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked in the camera department of many indie films. In 2014, he solo cycled 2,000 miles down the West Coast from Vancouver, Canada to Ensenada, Mexico. Inspired by this life-changing adventure, he left LA to find more adventurous experiences and projects that spoke to his heart. John moved to Atlanta, where he was drawn to RHINO MAN for its emotional story and potential as a social impact project. He has overseen the completion of the film for the last 5 years, and became “stuck” in South Africa for 9 months during the COVID lockdown. John also created and hosts The Rhino Man Podcast to further build awareness of the importance of rangers, the rhino poaching crisis, and our need to connect local communities to protected areas.

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