Between the Sunlight and the Thunder
Noel Simon, a fighter pilot in World War II and the pioneer of conservation in East Africa, has died aged 86. "As founder, in 1955, of the Kenya Wildlife Society (later the East African Wildlife Society) he helped to shape the ethical framework of conservation that was to make Kenya one of the leaders in the field".
He was one of a generation of Brits who defended animals and their wild terrain - Peter Scott, Julian Huxley, Max Nicholson, Richard Leakey, HRH Prince Philip and Gerald Durrell.
Born on Christmas Day, 1921, Simon had loved animals since he was a child. During the 1960s, he "compiled the first volume – Mammalia (1966) – of the Red Data Books, the official international compendium of the world's rare and endangered species".
Between the Sunlight and the Thunder, the Wild Life of Kenya, is one of 36 books which he wrote.
Ave atque vale.