Wildlife Management Unit

Ertjies Rohm

Ertjies Rohm has been the manager of the Wildlife Management unit since 2009. Before he joined us in this capacity, his conservation career took him from the old Transvaal Nature Conservation (1982-1996), to the Mpumalanga Parks Board, where he was head of Special Investigations until 2001, with a focus on rhino poaching and cycad smuggling. This lead to a position as Head of Wildlife Management at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, before his promotion to manager in 2009.

Dr Ferreira Du Plessis

Dr Du Plessis qualified as a veterinarian in 2001, and was employed at Wildlife Vets until 2005. He was then appointed as the State Veterinarian for the Orpen region in 2005 and held the position until 2009. At this time, Dr Du Plessis accepted the role as the Head Veterinarian for the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. Since then, he has been actively involved with caring for orphan rhinos at Care for Wild, as well being instrumental in addressing rabies control among the predators in the Timbavati / Manyaleti region.

Chris Hobkirk

Chris Hobkirk successfully completed a B-tech in Nature Conservation at Saasveld in 2002, after which he worked at curator for the Swadini Reptile park until May 2003. Soon after, he was employed as Senior Nature Conservator at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency. During his tenure, he has launched a voluntary reptile recovery service in the Lowveld, rescuing thousands of reptiles over the past few years. He has also assumed responsibility for all mass capture activities and related reptile work.

Gait-Jan Sterk

Gait-Jan Sterk started his career in conservation by managing the predator camp at Tswalu Nature Reserve in 1998. When he qualified with a B-tech in Nature Conservation at Saasveld in 2002, he was appointed as the manager of Sabie Park, a position that he filled until 2009. He was then employed at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, and has since been responsible for the capture of problem animals, as well as the upkeep of the care- and rescue facility and its related equipment.

Delecia Gunn

Delecia Gunn holds a diploma in Laboratory Animal Technology and was appointed as caretaker at Middleburg Zoo by the Mpumalanga Parks Board in 1996. From there, she moved to Loskop Dam Nature Reserve to contribute to the buffalo production programme. During this time, she also spearheaded the Ground Hornbill Breeding Project (2001), and Black-footed Cat Breeding Project (2006). In 2010, she moved to Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Wildlife Management. Since then she has been recognised as the first person globally to breed parent-reared ground hornbills in captivity, which led to her receiving the coveted Bernard Harrison Award for Conservation of Ground Hornbills Worldwide.


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