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Meet the Team

The Waterberg Wild Dog Initiative is managed by a dedicated Project Coordinator 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 Mooney

Project Coordinator

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 in the Rooiberg community, near Thabazimbi.

Steering Committee Members

Michael Embleton


Mike is the General Manager of Leadwood Private Game Reserve in the TOOG Area of the Waterberg.

Andre Burger

Vice - Chairman

Andre is the Chief Executive Officer of Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Bulgerivier Area of the Waterberg.

Peet Hennig

Peet is the General Manager of Tswana Game Reserve in the Dorset Area of the Waterberg.

Derek van der Merwe

Derek is the Limpopo Regional Coordinator for the Endangered Wildlife Trust's Carnivore Conservation Programme. He has more than 10 years experience working with the Waterberg Wild Dog population.

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