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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.
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.
The driving vision behind my conservation work is to help enable valuable conservation ideas to move from design to reality. Presently, as Director of Earth Sea and Sky (www.earthseaskyafrica.com), I am spearheading two exciting and challenging projects that require innovation, collaboration, and resolve: leading the National Indian House Crow Eradication Strategy, and facilitating the National Recovery Plan for the Roan antelope in Ruma National Park in conjunction with Back To Africa
The primary focus of my work addresses biodiversity loss in Kenya. The success of my work relies heavily on strong teamwork and dedicated people who have an authentic commitment to Kenya’s wild spaces and the communities around them. During my conservation and development career, that spans over 30 years, I have gained valuable experience, including a unique insight into the operations of KWS, conservation partners and private public partnerships. My work has been multi-faceted and has included livelihood projects, community engagement, forest conservation, wildlife protection, aerial surveys, and programme design. The variety of fields in which I have worked enable me to have the capacity to balance office-based management, reporting, operations, financial management, communications, and oversight with direct field-based action. I relish hands-on coordination, team capacity building, community engagement and practical field work. A key skill that I extensively use in my work is low-level flying. I value the added dimension that this offers and how it facilitates groundwork as it relates to biodiversity monitoring. A bonus is my love and skill for aerial photography (Instagram nicktrentskyshots).
I experience regular exposure to policy, planning and regulatory conservation processes as a founding director of the Gamebird Association of Kenya and the Kenya Bird of Prey Trust. There is nothing that spurs me on more than when I see young Kenyans passionate about our natural wonders. My future commitment is to funnel my enthusiasm and skill into forward-thinking conservation initiatives, along with like-minded Kenyans, so that together we can make a difference.