HERD Elephant Advisors


Meet Our Trusted Elephant Conservation Advisors

Prof. Rob Slotow
University of KwaZulu Natal

Prof Rob Slotow is an Honorary Professor Genetics, Evolution & Environment Div of Biosciences. While his training and early research was in bird behavioural ecology, in 1997 he shifted to large mammal conservation. Rob has a long-standing research programme in conservation management, with a focus on elephant, rhino, and large carnivores. He works closely with National Government, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, South African National Parks, Ezemvelo Kwazulu-Natal Wildlife, North West Parks and Tourism Board, and many private landowners, to develop understanding of practical solutions to management challenges for these species.

Prof. André Ganswindt

Professor Ganswindt (PhD, University of Muenster, Germany) joined the University of Pretoria as a postdoctoral fellow in 2006 and is an associate professor and Acting Head of the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in the Faculty of Veterinary Science. He is a behavioural endocrinologist by training and the founder of the Endocrine Research Laboratory at UP. His work combines the disciplines of physiological-endocrine research, behavioural biology, and wildlife ecology to improve the management and welfare of animals in zoological institutions as well as in the wild.

Dr. Peter Rogers
ProVet Wildlife Services

With the Jabulani herd and HERD orphans, Dr Peter Stewart Rogers has been one wildlife veterinarian who has been by our side continuously. With over 30 year’s experience, Dr Rogers is considered one of the most experienced wildlife veterinarians in the world. He 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. Read more in our Q&A with Dr Rogers >

Prof. Eddie Webb
University of Pretoria

Edward C Webb is professor of Production Animal Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Pretoria. He has published extensively, presented papers at conferences, produced technical reports, co-edited two books, 18 book chapters, and 1 patent. He is a professional Animal Scientist and served as president of SA Society for Animal Science from 2009 to 2014.

Dr. Johan Marais
Saving the Survivors

Dr Johan Marais, a vet, photographer and founder of Saving the Survivors, a unique team of vets working on the ground in South Africa to treat endangered wildlife that has been attacked and injured by poachers. “I am in love with Africa and its wildlife,” Marais says. “I cannot, and will not, stand by and watch these incredible, iconic animals and our heritage get slaughtered and maimed, for what is basically greed. We will continue to save injured and poached species and create further opportunities to play an active role in the protection of our endangered wildlife, so that our kids may still enjoy seeing species like elephant and rhino roam the vast plains of Africa.” Join an elephant workshop with Dr Johan Marais >

Brett Mitchell
Elephant Reintegration Trust

Brett Mitchell is the Chairperson of the Elephant Reintegration Trust. The Elephant Reintegration Trust has been established by four passionate individuals with the vision & dream of developing an elephant refuge reserve in South Africa which will provide a secure wild environment for retired, commercially used elephants from various captive environments. These elephants will be reintegrated back into the wild where they can live out their remaining years, with dignity, as wild elephants.