Head Patron; Dr William Fowlds
Started his career in the UK in 1977 as a Small Animal Veterinarian, after 5 years he headed home to South Africa to start his career in wildlife, with his main focus being rhino.
In 2012 Dr Fowlds was called to a life changing situation on a Kariega game reserve, less than 20km from his home on Amakhala Game Reserve. Overnight three rhinos had been darted by poachers using illegally obtained veterinary drugs. The poachers had then used machetes to hack through bone to remove the three horns and left the rhino for dead. One of the males died during the night but on arrival one male, Themba, and one female, Thandi were still alive. Dr William Fowlds’ struggle to save Themba and Thandi made headline news around the world and he was interviewed on Sky News, BBC News, CNN and ABC television. In 2013 he was invited to tell the story of Thandi and Themba at the Royal Geographic Society in London, where Bear Grylls introduced him to an audience of over 700 people. The recent news of Thandi giving birth to a calf is tribute to the work of Dr Fowlds and all those who aided in her recovery. But unfortunately South Africa still lost 1,200 rhino to poaching last year.
Dr Fowlds hosted the popular ITV series “Safari Vet School” which followed UK-based vet students on placement at his reserve, as well as featuring in the more recent BBC documentary “Operation Wild” hosted by Clare Balding.
Dr Fowlds is currently working on a project which encompasses a strategic vision for the whole area, of which Equine Anti- Poaching is just one branch.
Founder and Project Manager; Dr Danielle Jackson
During her studies in the UK Danielle attended Dr Fowld’s Vets Go Wild Course in 2012, the year that the three rhino were poached on Kareiga Game Reserve. This sparked an avid interest in both South African wildlife and the unfolding rhino crisis. In 2013 Danielle was in the audience at the Royal Geographical Society having closely followed events as they progressed and held multiple fund raising events to raise awareness. In 2014 Danielle graduated from the University of Liverpool with honours and flew out to South Africa to work alongside Dr Fowlds as a wildlife vet.
During her time there Danielle was called alongside Dr Fowlds to another harrowing poaching incident. Once again the poachers had used illegal veterinary drugs which they had chosen not to reverse and unfortunately this time the female rhino was dead when they arrived. Her calf, who had been with her at the time when she was darted, was missing. After a desperate search the calf was located and re-united with another young adult.
Danielle also spent a year working in the UK as a small animal veterinarian, before returning again to South Africa to take up a more permanent position. Danielle is passionate about the use of horses not only to enhance the capabilities of anti-poaching units but also to provide further opportunities for education of the international community via a tangible link.