Colin Nott was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1969. He enjoyed a privileged childhood where the Zambesi valley became the authors school holiday playground, and awakened the wildlife calling in his life.
He realized his dream of becoming a game ranger after joining National Parks at the age of seventeen. Two years later, after completing a Diploma in Protected Area and Wildlife Management at Mushandike officers training college, he was awarded the Directors Award for the best student, with weaponry and law enforcement emerging as his strong points.
At nineteen he became one of the youngest rangers in the history of the department in charge of the Matopos Rhino Intensive Protection Zone. During Operation Safeguard our Heritage, he was chosen along with nine other rangers from the frontline of the rhino war for training and anti- poaching operations with Zimbabwe’s Special Forces. Later he took on the responsibility of Warden Matopos National Park.
After leaving National Parks he established a safari company, conducting tours specializing in walking safaris throughout Zimbabwe for eleven years. He now lives with his family in Western Australia.