Kelly Abram

Project Coordinator & Treasurer | PROJECT: Save the Waterberg Rhino | South Africa

Kelly Abram- STWR

Kelly is the Project Coordinator and Treasurer for Save the Waterberg Rhino. After an Hons. Degree in Environmental Geography she gained experience working abroad with protected species and carrying out biodiversity surveys. Through these experiences she developed a passion for nature and understanding of how critical biodiversity is for our existence, and our future. While doing her master’s research on conservation biology looking at home ranges of black rhino in Kenya she developed a deep passion and commitment towards rhino conservation. She moved from the UK to South Africa in 2004.

Her interest in the connection between people and nature was further developed through her role as Programme Coordinator for the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere Reserve. In her current role Kelly is dedicated to rhino conservation efforts and making the Waterberg the safest place for rhino, within a landscape where people living alongside these majestic animals also benefit.

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Jessica Babich

Director/Secretary | PROJECT: Save the Waterberg Rhino | South Africa

Jessica Babich STWR

Save The Waterberg Rhino (STWR) was founded in 2012 as a fundraising organisation dedicated to raising funds to help protect the third largest population of rhinos in South Africa – the Waterberg Region in Limpopo, South Africa. STWR works with many organisations and people to lock down over two-million hectares of the Waterberg plateaux. It is the measures being put into place to protect rhinos that is translating into crime prevention and protection for entire communities. The rhinos are now saving the people.

Jessica joined the organisation on a full-time basis in 2017 and manages her combined roles of secretary, programme coordinator and executive director. Her other roles include being secretary of the Waterberg Biosphere Region, secretary of her local Community Policing Forum and vice-chair of the Waterberg Nature Conservancy. She has an Hons. Degree in Anthropology and is passionate about wildlife and people. She has a particular interest in Environmental Anthropology – the relationship between people and nature, nature and people. Save The Waterberg Rhino is making great strides in uniting people and organisations, in as many communities as possible within the Waterberg, to help them fight the crime and poaching scourge.

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Tessa Baber

Non-executive Director | PROJECT: Save the Waterberg Rhino | South Africa

Tessa Baber- SWTR

Tessa, co-founder and owner of Ant’s Nest and Ant’s Hill Bushhomes in South Africa and member of the Classic Safari Camps Group, has more than 30 year’s experience in tourism and hospitality. Growing up in Kenya, and running wildlife-based tourism businesses has led to a life-long commitment for not only conservation but also for the empowerment of people. She believes investing in people and bringing benefits to communities is the best way to resolve many of today’s problems.

Tess loves working with people, learning from others and sharing ideas to be able to make this world a better place for all. After a tragedy in 2012, where she lost a rhino to poaching, she used her passion of working with people to tackle this issue and she started Save the Waterberg Rhino, (where she is now a Non-executive Director), in an attempt for collaborative action to protect rhino over the whole Waterberg region.

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Dr Matthew Becker

CEO/Programme Manager | PROJECT: Zambia Carnivore Programme | Zambia

Dr. Matthew Becker- ZCP

A wildlife ecologist, Matt is the CEO and Programme Manager of the Zambian Carnivore Programme, a non-profit Zambian organization working with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and an array of partners to conserve large carnivores and ecosystems through Conservation Science, Conservation Action, and Local Leadership. Since 2008 Matt has overseen all research, conservation and capacity-building/education efforts for the organisation and its three longterm projects in the Luangwa Valley, Greater Liuwa, and Greater Kafue Ecosystems, which collectively comprise the country’s largest populations of wild dogs, big cats and hyenas.

An Affiliate Research Faculty at the MSU Department of Ecology, he has over 25 years’ experience on a variety of wildlife field research and conservation projects in North America, Antarctica, and Africa, studying numerous threatened species and ecosystems. In addition to wildlife ecology, one of Matt’s primary interests is in helping train current and aspiring local conservation biologists. He lives in Mfuwe with his partner Rachel McRobb.

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