We stand with our world's wildlife.
EMPOWER. PRESERVE. EDUCATE.
SFW is dedicated to the conservation of Africa's most threatened species and empowering the next generation of conservation leaders.
The Poaching Crisis
55 elephants are illegally slaughtered every day for their tusks.
Our mission is to save some of the world's most endangered wildlife by training and supporting wildlife rangers, empowering local communities, and supporting our local partners and their conservation projects and initiatives.
We believe if you’re on planet Earth, you have a role to play in combating our environmental crisis.
SFW is a registered 501c3 non-profit founded in Rockland County, New York, working overseas in Southern Africa. We have spent years on the ground in Africa and our team is an extremely professional and dedicated group of volunteers scattered across the globe who are passionate about wildlife conservation. Our headquarters and base of operations is located just outside of the Kruger National Park, which also happens to be home to the largest numbers of rhinos left on the planet.
We aim to contribute towards real and lasting conservation solutions on the African continent. Alongside our partners, we train and support wildlife rangers, provide financial and direct support to community education and outreach projects, and collaborate with our partners on wildlife rescues, de-snaring operations, rhino dehornings, and more. We also work to build a bridge between good people who want to help and credible, vetted conservation organizations here in Southern Africa.
Our organizational philosophy is that we should provide help where help is needed most. This has resulted in extensive time in Southern Africa with conservation experts, rangers, and communities, trying to understand training, education, and funding gaps. Medical training for rangers, anti-poaching working dogs, and education programs from primary school through university are significant areas of need we have identified. Simultaneously, we are working to build a portfolio of skills in areas we have assessed to be in serious need. As we continue to enhance our capabilities, we will be able to provide more advanced and diverse training and education for wildlife rangers.
We can either come together and protect them, or do nothing, and watch them disappear forever.
We are a dedicated and diverse group of conservationists from all over the world.
CEO & FOUNDER
John founded SFW in July 2017 in order to take action to combat what he sees as the biggest crisis of our generation: the extremely accelerated rate of extinction.
John lives in South Africa and spends his time training Game Ranger units in need, providing necessary gear and equipment to these same units, assisting in field conservation missions, and collaborating with other NGOs and nonprofits in the region.
Michael chose to leave a a successful career in corporate tech sales after years in the industry, in order to leverage his skills for a cause he believes in.
Bringing significant experience in client-facing sales, onsite management, marketing, and team leadership to the table, Michael is responsible for recruiting and retaining strategic partnerships at SFW. His passion is to help effectively protect these great animals while educating others on the priority of conserving them.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
An accomplished marketing professional, Sara has devoted her passion and drive to creating a world where humans and animals can co-exist in mutual respect and harmony.
Since SFW's founding in July 2017, Sara has worked to share its critical message with audiences in the conservation community. Her goal is to educate others about the realities of poaching in Africa, and empower people to take action in order to truly make a difference.
FOUNDER OF THE DUNG BEETLE BUSH SCHOOL
Les is the founder of the Dung Beetle Bush School and has over 40 years of knowledge & experience in over a dozen African countries in both conservation and as a South African Special Forces Operator. He is a member of The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa and is Level 3 Qualified. Les travels the globe to speak about conservation and environmental issues. Media appearances include UK television’s ‘Wish you were here” and newspapers and magazines including Sunday Express, Scottish Sunday Express, Wanderlust, Red, Survival Africa and National Geographic. Les is an extremely passionate conservationist who is directly focused on the protection of Africa's wildlife and education.
Michael has never met an animal he did not immediately connect with, which inspired him to join the conservation movement. An accomplished business development specialist with a history in marketing and data analytics, Michael is responsible for data and campaign management at SFW.
His deep passion and concern for wildlife serve as his daily motivation for achieving SFW's organizational goals.
Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University, where he teaches in the areas of sustainable natural resource development, small state development and corporate responsibility. In particular he focuses on risk and strategic management, sovereignty and human rights, especially environment, minority rights (including social license), transparency and anticorruption.
Among his many accomplishments, Jenik is the recipient of SIPA’s “Top Five” teaching award and was selected as a Fulbright Specialist (2012) at the Law School of Makerere University, Uganda, in the extraction industry and serves as a member of the Board of Advisers of Stevens Business School.
Christian has been photographing for the past 10 + years professionally. He has done work in various fields from high fashion to travel and exploration. Graduating with a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase, his focus has always been documenting international issues in disadvantaged areas.
Christian has always had a passion for genuine causes that make a positive difference in the world and always has been an avid outdoorsman which led him to pack up his things and join the efforts of SFW.
His goal now is to bring the SFW story to viewers around the globe.
Wesley comes from a varied career path in hospitality management, diesel mechanics, K9 security, and nature guiding.
His passion for the bush started as a young boy growing up in South Africa, and that passion lead him to manage a bush camp together with his wife. However, he felt the pull to do more to help conservation, which lead him to join SFW.
Wesley’s well-rounded background consistently proves value in his role as our Operations Manager, as well as our in-house K9 handler and private guide.