Wildlife Conservation in South Africa 2022

Live event | replays available | 9 organizations | donations included | wildlife conservation fundraising event | The Expedition Project online conference series

How it works

Our online conference is an innovative one: This means you can use conference material before, during and after the event.

  • Background information
    On-demand videos
  • Full access while a member
  • Certificate of completion
  • Live presentations & replays
  • Live Q&A’s & replays
  • Live panels & replays
  • Ongoing forum discussions and chat rooms

What you will learn

Ideal for individuals with passion for nature and the environment, students of conservation related fields, or students / professionals who want to gain knowledge about wildlife conservation / veterinary medicine.

  • Comprehend conservation and research of South African land and marine wildlife
  • Comprehend best practices and success stories of wildlife conservation
  • Learn about tried and tested conservation techniques


  • Biomimicry Introduction
  • Cheetah Conservation
  • Eco-system Links – Birds, Bees & Flowers
  • Endangered Species
  • Large Carnivore Ecology
  • Leopard Conservation
  • Penguin Conservation
  • Rhino Conservation
  • Shark Conservation
  • Whale Conservation


  • Wildlife Conservation introductions
  • Optional Virtual Volunteering
  • Certificates (members only)
  • Additional Resources and Downloads (members only)

Cape Leopard Trust

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The Cape Leopard Trust’s ultimate long-term vision is to ensure the long-term survival of leopard populations, help secure their habitat and prey base, and promote their co-existence with people. To this end, we conduct rigorous scientific research, not only on leopards but also other predators that share their habitat. The aim of the research is to create knowledge, inform management policies, spread awareness and ultimately safeguard the persistence of leopards in the Fynbos mountains of the Cape and elsewhere in South Africa.

Dyer Island Conservation Trust

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Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Conservation Trustwork to protect the biodiversity of the marine ecosystem surrounding dyer Island~ an integral ecosystem in terms of global sea-life 

Founded in 2006 by Wilfred Chivell, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust delivers conservation and research programmes to protect the biodiversity of the marine eco-system surrounding Dyer Island. The trust strives to protect:

  • the endangered African Penguin whose numbers are at an all-time low;
  • the world’s densest populations of the vulnerable Great White Shark
  • the globally important breeding and calving grounds of the Southern Right Whale.

Nature’s Valley Trust

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The Nature’s Valley Trust is a small community-driven NPO working at the cutting edge of integrated conservation in South Africa. We operate in four main arenas, namely Conservation, Education, Community, and Research. We take a holistic view of people and the environment and use our four programs to help shape how people live, how they view the world around them, and how they as individuals can contribute to conserving the natural world. Nestled in the magnificent Garden Route, and situated in world-renowned Nature’s Valley, we are a passionate group of conservationists that aim to make a practical difference with the work we do.

Terry-Lee Honball

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Terry is one of The Expedition Projects own ambassadors and we are lucky to have such an incredible scientist on our team out in South Africa. Terry conducted a masters with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Large Carnivore Ecology in North West South Africa. Terry has been conducting a PhD with Nelson Mandela University’ Wildlife Ecology Lab looking into carnivore genetics, behaviour, movement and diet. Furthermore, she is a part time lecturer in Environmental Education for the same university.

Terry is trying to change the narrative on Large Carnivores being aggressive and is attempting to shed light on their integral ecological role, furthermore, as a successful conservationist, she is happy to answer your questions about getting into the field!

Provet Animal Hospital

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With over 30 year’s experience, Dr Peter Rogers (Founder of Provet) is considered one of the most experienced wildlife veterinarians in the world.  After qualifying from Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty in 1984, Peter spent 3 years working in private practice of companion and livestock. He began working with Private Game Reserves in 1987 when he was employed by Natal Parks Board. Since then, he has been employed by HESC and has since set up his own private practice. Peter specialises in the capture and veterinary care of some of South Africa’s most endangered species (including the southern white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African elephant, cheetah, African wild dog, African Lion, Temminck’s ground pangolin and many other species).

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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HESC focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable and endangered animal species. Cheetah Conservation is one of its core disciplines.

The centre is actively involved in research; breeding of endangered animal species; the education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation-related activities; tourism; the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs in the wild; the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals in need (including poached rhinos); and anti-poaching initiatives on the reserve.

The centre is actively involved in research; breeding of endangered animal species; the education of learners, students and the general public in conservation and conservation-related activities; tourism; the release and establishment of captive-bred cheetahs in the wild; the treatment and rehabilitation of wild animals in need (including poached rhinos); and anti-poaching initiatives on the reserve.

Zululand Rhino Orphanage

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South Africa’s Zululand Rhino Orphanage was born out of tragedy when a regional rhino orphanage was brutally attacked by poachers on 20th February 2017. Following much deliberation, the facility took the difficult decision to close, due to the ongoing security threat. There was an urgent need to re-home the orphans, and so the Zululand Conservation Trust took on the challenge to shoulder the costs and immediately began working against the clock to create a facility for these displaced animals.


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Biomimicry offers a fresh perspective and a new way of seeing and thinking.  It questions our current perception of Nature as merely a warehouse of resources to extract from at will and offers a fascinating alternative – viewing Nature rather as a ‘library of solutions we can learn from’ (Janine Benyus). More than that though, biomimicry recognizes the evolved wisdom behind the patterns, processes and principles found in the living world and provides us with Nature’s time-tested blueprint for thriving on earth. Through biomimicry, a new way of doing and being awaits us.

As part of this experience, we also offer you the opportunity to be part of establishing a community of thought leaders, change-makers and action-takers for positive transformative change.

On this journey, you will discover and experience the art of looking at Nature differently, you will develop a newfound respect and awe for the natural world, you will discover, celebrate and learn how to learn from Nature’s genius, you will be given a fresh perspective that will open up opportunities to think differently, to act differently and to live more fully.  And you will be empowered to do so. Through our partners/sister organisations, you could embark on further courses, be it learning the Biomimicry Design Methodology and Process, doing a Masters in Biomimicry, doing courses in permaculture, food forest gardening or Syntropic agriculture.

“(WCSA21) was epic weekend of well-presented and thought-provoking talks! I would highly recommend to any student looking to expand their knowledge of conservation and get the low down on current challenges facing non-profit organisations. The breadth of talk topics was incredibly vast and all the presenters were so engaging. Very much looking forward to next year!.


BVSc University of Edinburgh

“(WCSA21) was a really interesting weekend of conferences, great to know that we were supporting all the amazing research and charity groups that spoke to us. I love that I can go back to re-watch the lectures when I have spare time. Definitely recommend to students who want an insight into conservation/wildlife veterinary medicine!”


BVSc University of Nottingham


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