Evening Talk by Jasper Humphreys on Thursday 26 January, 2023 at 6.30pm
The Kincaid Gallery, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, Winchester.
Military minds and tactics were brought in by a desperate South African government to fight the rhino poaching crisis; it has taken fifteen years to stabilise the situation, a period referred to as South Africa’s ‘rhino wars’ and has been led by a retired general who was an expert in ‘bush’ warfare. The impact was felt not just on the animals but also on a deeper level as a challenge state institutions and security: counter-poaching tactics have been compared to counter-insurgency, not least because the operations attracted ex-military personnel, many with combat experience. in this talk, Jasper Humphreys, dissects South Africa’s ‘rhino wars’ from both tactical and strategic perspectives to understand the full significance of this dark chapter in South Africa’s history.
Jasper Humphreys is Director of the Marjan Study Group in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, researching the connection between conflict and the environment. He is the son of King’s Royal Rifle Corps Officer, Lt Col Charles Humphreys (deceased), and was a newspaper journalist for many years before joining the War Studies Department.
Tickets for the talk are £20.00 each or £17.50 for Friends of the Museum and can be purchased online at: https://shop.rgjmuseum.co.uk/rhino-wars--26-jan-23-2714-p... or by card over the phone by calling 01962 828549 weekdays between 10am and 4pm.