www.cheetahbotswana.com

conserving the wild cheetah population of Botswana    



Who we are


Management and Administration

Rebecca Klein
- is our Managing Director and became interested in starting up a cheetah program when she moved to Botswana in 2001 to work at Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Upon discovering that there was no conservation going on for the regularly persecuted and endangered cheetah she decided to initiate a program. She teamed up with Dr Kyle Good and Ann Marie Houser and Cheetah Conservation Botswana came into being in 2003. She has a degree in Wildlife Biology from Leeds University, UK and has experience in a wide range of conservation projects worldwide.

Douglas Thamage
- is our Programs Manager and joined Cheetah Conservation Botswana in May 2011. He has served the civil service as a Technical Officer at the Department of Agricultural Research and SADC-SACCAR respectively before moving to civil society in 1992. He holds a Diploma in Modern Management and Administration (Cambridge International College, UK)and Diploma in Community Based Development, (Coady International Institute, and St. Francis Xavier University, Canada). He brings a wealth of experience in organizational development, project planning, participatory development, community based research, natural resources management just to mention a few. Douglas enjoys doing voluntary work and serves in a number of CBO, NGO Boards and Government Committees and is making valuable contributions.

Boitumelo Mokgosi
- joined CCB in August 2009, as our Administration Officer. She loves animals and nature and is very excited about working for the project. Boitumelo has travelled to the U.S.A where she participated in volunteering programmes for Feed the Hungry. She has also volunteered for several projects here in Botswana. She brings much enthusiasm to her new role.

Connie Sebati
- joined the CCB team in September 2009 and is engaged at our Mokolodi office as our Public Relations Officer. She originally served at CCB as an intern and became formally employed in October 2010. From Kanye, Botswana, Connie holds a degree in Tourism and is a great addition to the CCB team.

Research

Dr Andrea Dekrout
- is our Research Coordinator based at the Ghanzi Research Camp. Andrea joined CCB in March 2011 after working as an Environmental Advisor for the Autonomous Bougainville Government in Papua New Guinea. Prior to that she worked with Gorillas in the Central African Republic as well as running a small environmental consultancy firm in New Zealand with her husband Gavin. Andrea completed her Ph.D. from the University of Auckland in 2009. Andrea’s key interest is in ecosystem level ecology and human development focused conservation.

Phale Phale
- is our CCB Research Officer based in Ghanzi. Phale comes from Mahalapye in the central district of Botswana and holds a BSc in Biology and Environmental science. His interest in chemical ecology of territorial organisms found him a place in March 2011 in the CCB Research department".

Jane Horgan
- is our CCB Research Student and joined CCB in July 2009. From Brisbane, Australia, Jane is studying for her MSc qualification on 'The Use of Livestock Guarding Dogs in Botswana', she holds a Degree in Wildlife Biology. As well as her studies, she assists CCB with various research activities, farmer outreach, education and the volunteer program.

Community Outreach

Morulaganyi Kokole
- (better known to everyone as Kokole) is our Community Outreach Coordinator and joined CCB in 2008. From Molepolole, Botswana, he holds a B-Tech Degree and a National Diploma in Nature Conservation. Having volunteered for Kruger National Park in South Africa and for Veld Products Research & Development in Botswana he brings great skills and experience to CCB.

Phale Max Seele
- is our Ghanzi Community Officer and joined CCB in 2008. From Lentswelemoriti, Botswana, he holds a Degree in Conservation, Tourism and Sustainable Development from North West University, South Africa. He has previously conducted research into the impact of HIV/AIDS on primary and secondary education schools. His interests include the environment, culture and football.

Education


Gavin Reynolds
- is CCB’s Camp Coordinator at the Ghanzi Research and Education Bush camps. Gavin joined CCB in March 2011 with his wife Andrea. He is a qualified secondary school teacher as well as holding an M.Sc. from the University of Waikato. Gavin has worked in a variety of jobs including as a Research Technician at the University of Waikato, Senior Technical Officer at New Zealand Department of Conservation, Science Teacher and Teacher Trainer in both New Zealand and Papua New Guinea as well co-managing a small environmental consultancy firm with Andrea.

Keneilwe Mathaba
- is our Education Officer and she joined CCB in July 2012. She has previously served as an attaché in Mokolodi Nature Reserve based mainly in the Conservation Department in May-July 2010. She also volunteered at SOS Children’s Village Tlokweng from October- November 2011. Keneilwe served in the public sector as an Intern Administrator and District Officer Development in the District Administration Office from April-June 2012 in Gaborone and Francistown respectively. From Bobonong village, she holds a BA Humanities with majors in Environmental Science and English and we are pleased to have her as our newest team member!