Meet the Team
The Waterberg Wild Dog Initiative is managed by a dedicated Project Coordinator, enabled by a Field Officer, and overseen by a Steering Committee made up of community members with varying backgrounds and interests and stakeholders involved in African wild dog conservation.
Reilly has Bachelors’ degrees in Zoology and Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA. She moved to the Waterberg in June 2019 and spent a year tracking, habituating, and collecting data on chacma baboons. She is passionate about protecting and conserving the rare animals that call the Waterberg Biosphere home. She lives on a private nature reserve near Bela-Bela.
Reilly has been managing the WWDI since August 2020, when the WWDI was first initiated.
Steering Committee Members
Steering committee members volunteer their time and expertise to assist in promoting African wild dog conservation in the Waterberg.
Mike is the General Manager of Leadwood Private Game Reserve near Lephalale.
André is the Chief Executive Officer of the Welgevonden Game Reserve near Vaalwater.
Derek van der Merwe
Derek is the Carnivore Programme Manager for the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
Kelly is the Project Coordinator for the Waterberg Landscape Alliance (formerly Save the Waterberg Rhino).