Harry Tennison

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Harry Tennison "was a Founding Member of Game Conservation International (Game Coin), and President for over 25 years, overseeing the creation of a multitude of grants for wildlife conservation. Many of today’s leading conservation groups are patterned after the Game Coin format.

"He was instrumental in the formation of the African Wilderness Leadership School in Natal, South Africa, where he personally escorted young people to school, many of whom are today’s leaders in their respective business and political communities. Today he is a member of the Board of Trustees.

"He was one of the Founding Members and President of Operation Orphans, an organization that provides underprivileged children opportunities to hunt and become acquainted with the outdoors.

"Harry was the first Chairman of Operation Game Thief, which has been very successful toward the prevention of poaching in the State of Texas.

"In 1969 and 1970, Harry served as President of Shikar-Safari Club International.

"Famous for his work in “Operation Rhino,” Harry earned the endearing title, “Father of the Black Rhino.”

"Harry has been a driving force behind the East African Hunters Association, the South African Wildlife Association, and the International Professional Hunter's Association (IPHA)

"Harry is an honorary member of 37 hunting and fishing clubs worldwide and has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medal for Conservation, (IPHA, 1993); Gold Medal for Conservation (Game Coin, 1993); Outstanding Alumni Award for Conservation, Baylor University (1993); Ducks Unlimited Sportsman of the Year; and Hunting Hall of Fame Inductee." [1]

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  1. "Nominees Sought for the 2006 Peter Hathaway Capstick Hunting Heritage Award", African Conservation, accessed November 14, 2007.
  2. Trustees, Wilderness Foundation (South Africa), accessed June 16, 2010.