Born in 1955, Map Ives was raised near Francistown in Botswana. A lifelong interest in wildlife was first nurtured amongst the Kalanga people living along the southern region of the Makgadikgadi depression, and by a father who was a gifted amateur ornithologist.
After completing high school in 1972, Map joined the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Zimbabwe and became a field ranger. He enjoyed postings at the Darwendale recreational park and bird sanctuary, Hwange National Park, Chizarira National Park, and the Chete Game Reserve. Duties included the monitoring of wildlife populations, anti-poaching duties, animal management, fire control and assisting with research. This included assisting with a collection of plants for the herbarium of the Chizarira National Park, as well as collecting data on birds of the west Zambezi escarpment.
In 1978, Map left Zimbabwe to join the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa as a wildlife guide, where he remained until 1981. He then returned home to Botswana and the Okavango Delta area. Over the next 20 years he has lived and worked throughout northern Botswana and especially the Okavango. He has carried out a personal study in conjunction with universities and museums on the dynamics and structures of this pristine wetland.
He is currently the Wilderness Safaris' Environmental Officer in Botswana. He is a senior licensed professional guide who has outfitted and led highly successful safaris throughout the area for the last 20 years. His expertise, passion and knowledge ensure that any safari will be exciting, enjoyable and memorable.
Bio from Wilderness Safaris
Check out this video from when Blue Legacy was last on expedition with Map Ives in 2009...