The Transfrontier Africa team (running the Balule Conservation Project) is run by a competent, committed and very experienced group of people. Each person involved in this project is extremely passionate about Africa's conservation, protecting this patch of Africa in the Greater Kruger National Park community and in contributing to the wider conservation cause in Africa. In recent years this has naturally evolved to include a strong emphasis on the protection of the rhino in response to the poaching scurge which is affecting Africa's wild spaces.
Allow us to introduce them to you on this page...
Managing Director (Transfrontier Africa in South Africa)
Senior Warden of Balule Olifants West
Project Manager for Balule Conservation Project
Transfrontier Africa (cc) Managing Director, Senior Ecologist and Head Warden of Balule, Craig Spencer, is a leading conservationist and field ecologist with more experience than most could claim at the end of a career. He was the head of the Overstrand Nature Conservation Department in the Western Cape of South Africa, a job that clashed with the numerous illegal fishing activities targeting Perlemoen among other species. He founded and ran the successful anti-poaching unit M.A.R.I.N.E.S., and lead the Betty's Bay Baboon monitoring program that investigated the human-baboon interactions.
He now runs the conservation and research project based at Indlovu camp in the Balule Nature Reserve, and has become responsible for the conservation of the entire park.
Warden and Senior Ecologist: Balule Nature Reserve - Kruger National Park. MSc - Primatology - Oxford-Brookes.
Adrian Faulkner - Co Director
Sonya Faulkner - General enquiries / administration & bookings
Adrian has worked with the project volunteering program since 2008/2009 and is now the UK Director (previously run by founding Director, Adam Furse). In 2015 Adrian also became the third Co-Director of Transfrontier South Africa along with Amy and Craig. Adrian has spent a lot of time in the bush in Southern and Eastern Africa and is a FGASA Level 1 qualified safari guide, his background is Environmental Science. Sonya - Adrian's wife - helps to handle the bookings and enquiries and general running of the office. It's a joint effort between them and they spend their time running the administration, enquiries, bookings, website and the other more mundane side of things that are not associated with the interesting lives of the field staff!
Environmental Education Officer
Lewyn join Transfrontier Africa whilst completing her national diploma in Nature Conservation with Tshwane University of technology. After completing her 3 month Internship she was invited back to join the team in the newly created position of Environmental Education Officer. Until Lewyns arrival we were unable to start our project to introduce environmental courses into the school of the local communities boarding with Balule.
Black Mamba (Anti-poaching Unit) Manager
William joined the team in February 2016. After he finished his degree at Stellenbosch University studying sociology and psychology he worked as a field guide for a few months and thereafter was working on community conservation projects in northern natal, with Wildlands Conservation Trust.
Anti-poaching Operations Room Supervisor
Lisa started off as a volunteer with the project in March 2015, she then returned in November 2014 as a member of the team. Lisa is responsible for supervising the day to day running of the Anti-Poaching Operations room. Ensuring all systems are operational and running smoothly and assisting to develop new technologies to help in the fight against poaching.