Managing Director; Transfrontier Africa NPC
Founder & Manager; Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit
Head Warden & Senior Ecologist; Balule Nature Reserve
Craig Spencer, is a leading conservationist and field ecologist with more experience than most could claim at the end of a career. Craig was a department head in the Western Cape and initiated the Marine Anti Poaching initiative to curb abalone poaching in the southern coastal regions. Whilst working in the Cape, he initiated several poverty-relief initiatives and was the manager of the Buffer Zone of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.
In 2006, Craig left the Cape to start his NGO, Transfrontier Africa, which is based in the Associated Private Nature Reserves that form a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Focusing primarily on ecological research and protected area management, Craig initiated the Balule Research Facility that partners with several local and international research institutions.
When the rhino poaching crisis emerged and Balule became a target, Craig realigned Transfrontier Africa to tackle this challenge. A multi-pronged approach was developed to address the problems and research, sociol-economic, technological and tactical solutions were implemented. During the past three and a half years, Craig has focused most of his efforts on strengthening partnerships with the adjacent tribal communities and seeking new technologies and partnerships to solve the illegal wildlife trade.
Financial Director, Transfrontier Africa NPC
Amy worked with Craig in the Buffer Zone of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and joined him in his venture to establish the Balule Conservation Project in 2006. After spending over 10 years working in African bush running the Transfrontier Africa’s Balule Conservation & Research Camp and conducting research, she is now based in the office and responsible for all accounting and administration for all Transfrontier Africa Projects, including the Black Mamba anti-poaching unit.
Co-Director, Transfrontier Africa NPC
Adrian has worked with the project volunteering program since 2009. In 2015 Adrian also became the third Co-Director of Transfrontier Africa. Adrian has spent a lot of time in the bush in Southern and Eastern Africa and is a FGASA Level 1 qualified safari guide and has a background in Environmental Science. Adrian runs the UK Office and handles all the administration, enquiries and bookings for the Conservation Volunteer Project.