Transfrontier Africa (cc) Managing Director, Senior Ecologist and Warden (Olifants West Region) Craig Spencer, 37 years old, is a leading conservationist and field ecologist with more experience than most could claim at the end of a career. He was the head of the Overstrand Nature Conservation Department in the Western Cape of South Africa, a job that clashed with the numerous illegal fishing activities targeting Perlemoen among other species. He founded and ran the successful anti-poaching unit M.A.R.I.N.E.S., and lead the Betty’s Bay Baboon monitoring program that investigated the human-baboon interactions.
He now runs the conservation and research project based at Paradise Camp in the Balule Nature Reserve, and has become responsible for the conservation of the entire park.
Warden and Senior Ecologist: Olifants West Region. Balule Nature Reserve - Kruger National Park. MSc - Primatology - Oxford-Brookes
Michael Scholl (www.MichaelScholl.net), 40 years old, is a leading Shark Biologist who founded the NGO White Shark Trust (www.WhiteSharkTrust.org), lead and conducted diverse research and conservation projects on White Sharks in South Africa, established FinPrinting as a reliable photographic based identification technique for Sharks, was a key member of the research team that established for the first time a genetic and a telemetry link between the populations of White Sharks between South African and Australian waters, enabling White Sharks to be listed on the CITES Appendix.
Michael is an active member of a specialised team of adventurers with Mejreno Expeditions based in Dubai U.A.E., taught IB level Biology and Mathematics at a private school based in Lausanne, and is currently working as the Pangaea Young Explorers Program coordinator for famous South African explorer Mike Horn.
Michael founded BlueXplorer.org, a specialized travel agency for Shark exploration trips and adventures, African destinations, and for organized and accompanied student trips. He works in collaboration with the Vevey based travel agency ‘A Taste of Travel’.