MEET THE TEAM

Dr Heinz Kohrs

Dr Heinz Kohrs

Founder

BVSc - Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Full time veterinarian in Pongola. A conservationist and businessman. He is a co-owner of the elephants in the Pongola Game Reserve. Together, with his family, runs a very successful five star Game Lodge, White Elephant Safari Lodge.

Jasper Cloete

Jasper Cloete

Chairman

Diploma in Project Management obtained from NewPort University. He is a businessman residing in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. He has various interests in different companies in South Africa and his main focus is in the biomass renewable energy field. Jasper has been a Trustee of Space for Elephants Foundation since 2004.

Digs Pascoe

Digs Pascoe

CEO

A graduate Electronics Engineer. Diploma in Ecology. Discovered emerald deposits in Zambia, which led to involvement with community development projects. Achieved the I.B.C, Cambridge, England award for his “outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding”. Founding member of the local community radio board, and other tourism and conservation forums. A dedicated Rotarian with 40 years in service.

Dr Marion Garaï

Dr Marion Garaï

Scientist

MSc from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, with specialisation in animal behavior. PhD on “The Development of Social and Stress Related Behaviors of Translocated Juvenile Elephants”, University of Pretoria. Member of the IUCN/SCC African Elephant Specialist Group since 1994. Founder of the Translocated Elephant Information Centre (TEIC) in 1992, which was incorporated into the Elephant Management & Owners Association - EMOA- in 1994.

Bob Preller

Bob Preller

Scientist, Author and Elephant Researcher

A Business man residing in Limpopo province with General Management experience in Hospitality, Tourism, Financial and Construction Industries.. 30 years Veteran of Nature Conservation Projects. Honorary Ranger at Kruger National Park and SANParks. Author of Silent Giants of Southern Africa and Desert Giants of Namibia.

Dulcie Pascoe

Dulcie Pascoe

Treasurer and Marketing

Dulcie has incredible dedication to sustainable tourism, having traveled extensively in Namibia, Zambia and Botswana her passion for the bush and its people started in childhood. Dulcie’s financial management and tourism industry knowledge brings a strong product background to her marketing activities for the trust.

Past Trustees

Mr Gladman Buthelezi

Executive Director Commercial Operations, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Executive Director Commercial Operations Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Protagonist in the field of both conservation and ecotourism over the past 20 years. Awarder a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International for his outstanding work in Conservation.

In the past: Chief Conservator Zululand Districts, Regional Manager Maputaland, General Manager Zululand.  Master of Professional Science in Natural Resources and Tourism at Cornell University, USA in 1995; Master of Science in Tourism Development and Management at the University of Buckinghamshire, England.

The late Dr Ian Player

Consultant Advisor