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Meet the Team

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 on a private nature reserve near Bela-Bela. 

Reilly has been managing the WWDI since August 2020, when the WWDI was first initiated.

Clinton Venter

Field Officer

Clinton first knew he wanted to work with animals from a young age, when he became fascinated with pangolins. During his further studies, Clinton pursued qualifications as a field guide, which allowed him to recognize his second passion: working with people. In 2021, he joined the WWDI team to help facilitate its 2021 Ecotourism Project on a temporary basis. After the completion of the project, he was employed as a lodge manager in the Waterberg and remained a passionate advocate for Waterberg Wild Dog conservation.

Clinton re-joined the WWDI team, on a permanent basis, in February 2023.

Board of Directors

Michael Embleton


Michael is a community member living within the TOOG Pack's Home Range and has been involved with the WWDI since its inception in August 2020.

André Burger


André is the Chief Executive Officer of the Welgevonden Game Reserve near Vaalwater and has been involved with the WWDI since its inception in August 2020.

Reilly Mooney


In addition to being the Project Coordinator for the WWDI, Reilly became a Director of the WWDI when it registered as its own NPC in September 2022.

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