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 and Treasurer

He Holds a 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 and is currently the Treasurer of the Trust.

Digs Pascoe

Digs Pascoe

CEO

A graduate Electronics Engineer. Diploma in Ecology. Discovered largest emerald deposits in the World, in Zambia, led to involvement with community development projects. Attended rural project study tours in Brazil for the S A Dept of Rural Development. He is selected as a finalist in the current National Eco – Logic Warrior Awards. Achieved the I.B.C, Cambridge, England award for his “outstanding contribution to knowledge and understanding”. Other awards include recognition for dedication to Tourism development in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Served on the Provincial Tourism Board, 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

Chairperson, Scientist

MSc from the University of Zürich, Switzerland, with specialisation in animal behaviour.
PhD on “The Development of Social and Stress Related Behaviours of Translocated Juvenile Elephants”, University of Pretoria.
Member of the IUCN/SCC African Elephant Specialist Group since 1994.
Elephant coordinator for the Rhino & Elephant Foundation during 1996.
Acting Chairperson of the Rhino, Elephant and Wildlife Foundation during 2000.
Founder of the Translocated Elephant Information Centre (TEIC) in 1992, which was incorporated into the Elephant Management & Owners Association - EMOA- in 1994.
Chairperson of EMOA from 1994 – 2006.

Bob Preller

Bob Preller

Trustee, Scientist, Author, Businessman and Elephant Researcher

30 years experience and success in leading businesses as General Manager
Managing Director, Marketing Manager, Financial Manager, growing businesses in Hospitality,Tourism, Finanacial and Construction Industries.
A vigorous Marketing Director.
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.

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