TRANSFRONTIER AFRICA (Part of Afreco)
TRANSFRONTIER AFRICA(Part of Afreco)

The Balule Conservation Project Team

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...

Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer, Warden, Conservationist, South Africa, Transfrontier, Balule Conservation Project, Kruger National Park, Greater Kruger Craig Spencer - The man that makes it all happen!

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.

Amy Clark 

Transfrontier Africa, Balule Conservation Project, South Africa, Amy Clark Amy Clark - Co-Director

Co Director

 

Amy has been with TA since the beginning. After years of working in camp and out in the field she is now based in the office and runs all the Administration for Transfrontier Africa, The Black Mamba APU and Olifants West Nature Reserve.

Adrian Faulkner & Sonya Faulkner

Transfrontier Africa, Balule Conservation Project, South Africa, Adrian Faulkner Adrian & Sonya Faulkner

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!

Lewyn Maefala

Lewyn Maefala, Transfrontier Africa, Balule Conservation Project, South Africa, Environmental Education Officer Lewyn Maefala - Environmental Education Officer

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.

William Hodgson

Black Mamba Anti-poaching unit, South Africa Conservation, Transfrontier Africa, Balule Conservation Project, Greater Kruger National Park conservation and protection. William Hodgson - Black Mamber Manager

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. 

Dudley Trollip

Black Mamba Anti-poaching unit, South Africa Conservation, Transfrontier Africa, Balule Conservation Project, Greater Kruger National Park conservation and protection of rhinos and elephants. Dudley Trollip - Black Mamber Supervisor

Black Mamber Supervisor

 

With a passion for wildlife Dudley joined our team at the young age of 18. Fresh out of school he is being fully trained as a Black Mamba Supervisor and assists William in the day to day running of the Mamba teams based north of the Olifants River.

Lisa Trueman

Research, conservation of rhino, rhino monitoring, conservation volunteering projects, south africa, Kruger, Greater Kruger National Park, Transfrontier Africa. Lisa Trueman (Right, blue) | Left is Viv Burns from Pennies for Eles

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.

Leonie Hofstra

Transfrontier Africa, Balule Conservation Project, South Africa, Kruger, Greater Kruger, Conservation Leonie - Field Technician

Field Technician

 

Leonie started off as a volunteer at the project in May 2013, she returned to volunteer a further 2 times until finally joining the team in June 2014. Leonie is responsible for the day to day running of the camp and Manages our Rhino Conservation project.

Shaya

anti-poaching, rhino, dog, shaya, conservation, south africa, transfrontier africa, kruger park, greater kruger, balule Shaya - The Anti-poaching Dog

Anti-poaching Dog

NOT A PET!

 

Our 3 legged comrade sniffs out rhino horn, ammunition and ivory. He absolutely loves playing and has loads of energy! But we do want to make clear that Shaya is not a pet but a working dog and people must be careful around him!

Lilly

anti-poaching dog, Lilly, black mambas, rhino, conservation, south africa, transfrontier africa, kruger park, greater kruger, balule Lilly - Anti-poaching Dog (Retired)

Anti-poaching Dog (retired)

 

Lilly was trained in human tracking and worked with the mambas on patrols. Due to medical reasons she retired in November 2015 and now lives at the Research house. Lilly loves attention and spends her days in the relaxing in the Office with Amy.

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