DR PETER ROGERS
Pete is undoubtably one of Africa’s most famous wild life veterinarians. He started his illustrious career in the then Natal Parks Board where Pete became a rhino specialist. He then moved to Kapama in the Hoedspruit area of Limpopo province where he worked at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre becoming an expert in cheetah management and husbandry.
He now runs a private practice in Hoedsruit working with wild life in the reserves adjoining the Kruger National Park. He has also worked in zoological institutions globally with a variety of species
Stephen Chege a wildlife veterinarian, is currently managing a disease surveillance project mainly focusing on one of the critically endangered antelope, hirola (Beatragus hunteri), with funding from San Diego Zoo Global and in liaison with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT). Prior to this, Stephen worked as a senior veterinarian at Al Ain Zoo (Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates) where he was responsible for health screening, quarantine, preventive medicine, nutritional health of zoo animals among them the endangered antelopes ( Dama gazelle, Scimitar-horned oryx, Arabian oryx,, among others). He also contributed to the reintroduction of the Arabian oryx in the United Arab Emirates.Stephen is the current President of Wildlife Disease Association – Africa and Middle East Section and also serves a secretary of the Kenya Veterinary Association Wildlife branch
David Mallon is a Special Advisor to the Species Survival Commission, a member of the IUCN Red List Committee, and the Green List Task Force and was a member of the IUCN SSC Species Conservation Planning Task Force (2004-2009) and Species Conservation Planning Subcommittee (2010-2016). He has been Co-Chair of the Antelope Specialist Group since 2004 and is a member of the Caprinae, Cat, Equid, Giraffe and Okapi, and Sustainable Use Specialist Groups. He is an Associate Lecturer in the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University, teaching on the MSc course in Conservation Biology and supervising postgraduate student projects and work placement. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and an Honorary Conservation Fellow, Zoological Society of London. He studied for a university degree in Russian and French before turning to ecology, completing MSc and PhD research on large mammals in the Ladakh Himalaya, India. He has over 30 years of experience working mainly in the Himalaya, Tibetan Plateau, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Middle Est and Horn of Africa, involving biodiversity and habitat assessments, species surveys, protected area support, and training local partners.
Jon has over 12 years of flying experience and is a leading wildlife pilot based in East Africa. He started his career flying in the South African wildlife industry, working under and with some of South Africa’s most revered vets, pilots, and capture teams.
He has operated throughout Southern Africa, including Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia, and is now based in Nairobi, Kenya.
He is currently owner and pilot for Woods Aviation Kenya, consulting for various aviation organisations, and hold’s both his South African and Kenyan Commercial Pilots licences.
Kester Vickery has been intimately involved in the wildlife translocation field for 25 years and has translocated approximately 110 000 animals in his career. Co-founder of Conservation Solutions, Kester has successfully completed projects in 16 different countries. Kester and his team have developed unique translocation systems to be able to move elephants, rhinos and other species at scale over long distances.
Conservation Solutions regularly works with many different government wildlife departments and NGO’s providing veterinary, technical and logistical assistance in a range of protected areas.
Pete co-founded the Endangered Species Protection Agency (ESPA) with Harry Taylor in 2015. He is currently the agency's Director of Investigations and Chief Operations Officer. Pete’s core responsibilities include: providing overall assistance in ESPA projects, implementing investigation strategies into criminal groups operating at the target end of the spectrum, creating content to raise awareness on organised wildlife crime, developing press releases for multimedia outlets and securing project funding.
Pete is an award-winning journalist specialising in the wildlife management sector, and is an active conservation campaigner. He has operated in an infiltration/fixer capacity for various international media and other agencies, specialising in wildlife crime and trafficking. A former freelancer, he has worked on, and alongside, the international security circuit in Africa on antipoaching operations and other sensitive cross-border assignments. In an investigative capacity, he covered serious wildlife crime in mainland Europe, Africa and the Far East. Pete is also Editor-in-Chief of the monthly journal Sporting Rifle. A forthright spokesman, he is often featured on television, radio, and other multi-media outlets, highlighting conservation concerns and sustainable use of wildlife to preserve species and vulnerable habitat.
As co-founder, Pete has put his life and soul into bringing about momentum for the Agency within the conservation sector, and provided anti-poaching solutions and effective investigations into the illegal wildlife trade (IWT).
Gerry was born into the conservation industry, his family being involved in conservation in South Africa for almost five decades, pioneering the first commercial game ranching and game capture operations the country.
Growing up on a private game ranch in South Africa, conservation was his true calling in life. After spending his early working life in the wildlife and game capture industry he did his commercial helicopter license and now flies professionally in the conservation and counter-poaching industry. His passion for flying and wildlife conservation have made him one of the most sought after helicopter pilots in the conservation industry.
Gerry is the preferred pilot for many well-known veterinarians in game capture and darting operations and has also been instrumental in many successful counter-poaching operations.
Gerry lives his dream and is passionate about what he does.
Cobus started his wild life career as chief veterinarian in the Kruger National Park before moving into private practice, wild life education and wild life pharmaceuticals. He is globally renowned in these fields.
His organization wildlifevets.com employ a youthful team of high experienced veterinarians who get the job done in a variety of African countries.
BVSc Wild Life Veterinarian – Ben qualified in 2015 and since then has picked up a vast amount of experience in the wildlife industry while working for wildlifevets.com. The practice serves the commercial and conservation bodies in Southern Africa and Ben has been a part of many clinical cases and also an array of capture and translocation projects. Ben has facilitated over 300 vet students and vets on capture courses in South Africa. His special interests are pachyderms and ruminants.
Joel is one of two young veterinarians employed by Dr Cobus Raath at WildlifeVets.com. In a short space of time he has been fortunate enough, under the leadership of Cobus, to gain an incredible amount of experience. He has a very keen interest in the greater aspects of conservation, that go beyond just the field of veterinary science. He is part of the African Lion Working Group and on the board of trustees for the Lion Management Forum of South Africa. His short career highlights have been the large-scale dehorning of over 230 White and Black rhino in the associated private nature reserves, collaring forest elephants in the Republic of Congo and assisting Giraffe Conservation Foundation with a project in Tanzania.
John Hanks is a zoologist by training with his first degree in Natural Sciences from Magdalene College, Cambridge, followed by a PhD on the reproductive physiology, growth, and population dynamics of the African elephant in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia. He has over 45 years of experience in a wide variety of conservation management, environmental education and research projects.
He has worked in several African countries, including Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. His major most important postings have been: Chief Professional Officer for the Natal Parks Board; Professor and Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, then the first Director of the Institute of Natural Resources at the University of Natal; the Director of the Africa Program for WWF International (based in Gland, Switzerland); the Chief Executive of WWF-South Africa; the first Executive Director of the Peace Parks Foundation. He has published over 150 scientific papers and three books.