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HELENA KRIEL

Founder and Board President

Helena Kriel was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a child, holidays were spent in the bush, and she developed a deep love for animals. She worked in television and theater in South Africa before going to Los Angeles. She won a Steven Spielberg award and became a working screenwriter, with two produced movies to her credit. She mentors screenwriters in the Spalding University MFA program.

She founded her first non-profit, Walk for the Underdog, in 2004 which raised awareness for abused and homeless dogs. An annual event was held that brought thousands of people together, raising substantial funds for dog rescue. She loves animals, and has worked with baby birds, skunks, possums, chimpanzees and has spent time with the remarkable pangolin. But her commitment is to rhinos and she has spent many thousands of hours in their company.

DAVID WALKER

Co-Founder and Board Treasurer

A passion for nature and respect for all wild creatures are the common threads linking the multiple phases of David Walker’s personal and professional life. These include: a career as an award-winning journalist, writer and editor, media relations consultant, a non-profit association manager and director, Peace Corps Volunteer and environmentalist. This father of two sons is deeply committed to preserving ecosystems and saving from extinction the planet’s iconic species, including rhinos.

CARLA MELUCCI

Board - Vice President

Carla is a native New Englander who holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Zoology. An animal lover from a young age, wildlife conservation became her passion after working on multiple sea turtle projects throughout the southern US and the Caribbean. In November 2016, she volunteered at the CFW rhino sanctuary, where she was lucky enough to be the ‘mom’ to Jemu. Since then, she has returned to CFW, and has also volunteered at a big cat sanctuary in South Africa, a gorilla sanctuary in Gabon and two wildlife sanctuaries in Zimbabwe. She hopes to continue to help wildlife in need for as long as she can!

HELEN LUNN

Board - Content Contributor

Helen Lunn wears a number of hats which centre around her four loves – research, writing, art and music. She has worked at both UCT and Wits, coordinated parties and TV work for Oprah, written TV scripts, reconstructed and edited DRUM magazine from its seminal decade of the fifties for Jim Bailey and written extensively for the popular press. She has a PhD in Musicology and recently co-authored The Dance of the Dung Beetles (WUP) 2019 and is delighted to be able to use her love of writing for a cause she believes in. Knowing how successful Ian Player was in bringing rhinos back from the brink, she believes that despite the odds the species can once again be saved.

KELLY WEATHERMAN

Events & Social Media

A Colorado native and recent transplant to Washington Kelly has always had a passion for wildlife conservation. She received her bachelor of science from Colorado State in Natural Resource Management and spent time in Washington DC working with agencies on wildlife protection and management. More recently she is involved with local animal rescue programs in the Seattle area.

Kelly also loves to travel internationally and volunteered at Kariega Game Reserve where she fell in love with rhinos. She is determined to help protect these animals by bringing people together through education and awareness.

RYAN JONES

Videographer

Ryan was born in England and now lives in Canada. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Content Creation and Broadcast. He’s worked in video production for over ten years in sport, music, and documentaries. It was directing a documentary traveling from South Africa to Kenya that stirred his passion for wildlife conservation. Filming with an anti-poaching team in Malawi, he witnessed first hand the devastation of poaching. Ryan is extremely excited to be a part of the BRR team in helping save the rhino from extinction.

CHANE SMIT

Graphic Designer

Hi! My name is Chané Smit. I am a Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Photographer with a strong passion for art and animals. When I was younger it was my dream to be out in the field and help rescue our beautiful animals, but when that dream fell through I relied on my love of art to help me through the existential crisis I was facing.Graphic Design and Photography quickly became my new passion, but still I had this emptiness inside me I couldn’t shake. It wasn’t until I found Baby Rhino Rescue and started designing with them that I felt the emptiness start to subside.Two of my passions collide and I couldn’t be happier. Finally I could help our beautiful rhinos by using my art. I may not be in the field, but though little, I still have my part and I am proud to be a Baby Rhino Rescue contributor!

KARINA SUTER

Photographer

I am an amateur wildlife photographer that totally adores rhinos. Leopards were my original target but soon I got focussed on the plight of our rhino. Once you have heard those rhino orphan babies cries you will never forget it. These beautiful gentle sentinel beings need our help. I want to help them. And I’m going to try and do it the one way I can. By making people aware of their plight and by donating to foundations that I trust with my photography. My goal is to be a photographer for endangered animals.

Dionne Domyan-Mudie

Public Relations

Dionne was born in Johannesburg and has always had a passion for nature. Over the past few years she has watched how poaching has ravaged wildlife globally but felt helpless in the call to action, compounded by the fear of not being able to cope with the severity of the situation. After reading Meditating with Rhinos and feeling the connection to these magnificent animals through Helena’s own words, Dionne knew that she had found a calling. As the founder of one of SA’s leading PR firms, TPW Agency, Dionne has decided to bring the power of her company to www.babyrhinorescue.org to assist in creating awareness on a global scale.

Tamaryn Nicholson

Publicist

Tamaryn Nicholson, hungry to learn and gain experience, specialises in digital PR, events and influencer marketing campaigns but enjoys getting involved in all aspects of the many projects TPW works on. Tamaryn is a VEGA graduate and has a keen interest in music and the entertainment scene. Also a performer under the stage name KARMA, Tamaryn has music being playlisted on radio stations across South Africa.

ROBIN LEUCI

Video Content Creator

Robin is very passionate about what he does, his approach has always been hands on; being involved every step of the way, including client communications, project planning, filming, post-production and media management. Robin graduated with a BA in film in 2007, Over the years he has furthered his experience by working with many great industry professionals, giving him the opportunity to express his creativity and work ethic with the insights, skills, and knowledge shared with others along the way.

Robin’s life has always been intertwined with nature and animals, spending a lot of time outdoors with family and friends involved in nature conservation and animal welfare

He has a great respect and love for all animal life and the environment, his goal has always been to bring his two passions together, video production and nature. Robin has been fortunate enough to be involved in numerous nature and animal projects, furthering his reach towards helping with wildlife conservation and making a difference is one of his key focuses.

ALAN GLASS

Community Education - Media & Outreach

Alan is a Producer, Published Author, Songwriter, Voice artist and the co-creator of South African children’s brand Beautiful Creatures, that deals with conservation. Beautiful Creatures released seven albums, and five books, with two platinum and four gold albums in South Africa, as well as two SAMA nominations and a Naledi award. His children’s book ‘Oliver’s Outline’ was published by Pan Macmillan in 2015, and he toured South Africa with internationally acclaimed UK children’s author Julia Donaldson. In 2016 his event company ‘Fried Glass’ collaborated with The Drum Café to produce the opening ceremony for the global CITES Cop 17 environmental conference for 3000 delegates. In 2018, Alan was invited to The Kruger Park by SAN Park Honorary rangers to participate in discussions regarding Rhino conservation and is now part of the SA working group for babyrhinorescue.org. He recently started a conservation travel company called Rhinos.me offering guests an immersive rhino experience in association with babyrhinorescue.org

CECILE VAN DER MERWE

Financial Advisor - Project Management

Cecile was born in Pretoria, where she still lives. She received an honors degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Stellenbosch and is currently a lecturer at The University of South Africa (Unisa). Cecile is a member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and busy completing her master’s degree. One of her other hobbies is chess, and she received the title of Women’s International Master when she was 15.

Cecile has been passionate about animals for as long as she can remember. She started horse riding at the age of 9 and has been riding ever since. As a child she spent many holidays on the farm where the highlight for her would be to see the wild animals. She has always had a love and respect for the larger animals of Africa such as rhinos, elephants and the big cats.

Cecile spent a week volunteering at Care for Wild in March 2019. Working so closely with these magnificent rhinos made her realize once again what an important role we have to play in saving these animals from extinction.

PAST CONTRIBUTORS

COOPER WARNER

Legal Counsel, Social Media

Cooper received her Juris Doctor with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Technology and wrote her thesis on synthetic wildlife products. Her paper explores the intersection of existing U.S. wildlife laws and regulations, using synthetic rhinoceros horn as a case study to understand the broader implications of synthetic wildlife products on wildlife trade.

RENE BREIER PHD

Co-Founder

Rene became connected to nature from an early age in South Africa. Frequent visits to the Kruger National Park cemented her love for Africa’s wildlife. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she is a Master Gardener. She worked with Helena Kriel to develop Walk for the Underdog in Los Angeles. Rene holds a Ph.D in English literature.

CAROL LYNNE WATT

Project Leader S.A

Carol is trained in Finance, and after a profession as an accountant started Bagz For Pawz: a tee shirt company, designing tees for charities and wildlife organizations.

Carol is dedicated to wildlife and has been a SANParks Honorary Ranger for 5 years, working in the Kruger Park, at every opportunity. Carol does whatever is required, doing road patrols, camp and gate duties and assisting rangers on the ground.

She has headed the Honorary Rangers fundraising portfolio for the JHB region for the past 2 years.

Carol has long been devoted to rhinos and is committed to making whatever difference she can to their plight.

Nicky Monro

Marketing and social media outreach

Raised in Zimbabwe, Nicky’s career and interests have involved in all things African, from its artistic heritage to rural development and wildlife conservation. In 2015 she produced a fundraising calendar called Rangers for Rhinos, with proceeds going to African game rangers on the frontline of the war against rhino poaching. In the past decade she worked as a digital marketing specialist based in Los Angeles.

JORDAN SADLER

Logo Design

Jordan Sadler is a designer and artist from the United States who is currently living in Vietnam. He has always looked to connect the dots between the creative arts and positive social change. After the success of a small pangolin art campaign, he was inspired to start an endangered animal series, which then lead into his fascination of rhinos.

ELLI KRIEL

Education

Elli is an Educator who has worked in universities in South Africa and Dubai. She has been committed to building the Rhino Warrior team, preparing Rhino Warriors for leadership roles, facilitating opportunities at schools, and creating wonderful educational resources for Rhino Warriors and teachers alike. Elli is of the firm belief that one does not need to be an adult to have a say in matters of the world.

JAMI POWELL

Website Designer

Jami is a writer and web designer.
She grew up surrounded by animals and quiet wooded landscapes, so she jumps at any chance to serve in the cause of nature ​and animal protection.

ISAAC KRIEL

Youth Team Leader

Isaac was born in South Africa in 2007. From a young age, Isaac has eagerly taken on projects for the protection of endangered species. At age 6, he published a book and donated the proceeds to saving trafficked pangolins in Vietnam. When Isaac’s father adopted baby rhino Thor, Isaac felt that he could do more. He joined the team at Baby Rhino Rescue and immediately began raising awareness for the plight of the rhino. Isaac believes he “can grow a big community to help save the rhinos”. He is the leader of the youth team and through his presentations at schools, he has inspired other kids to be involved. Isaac has received hands on experience in working with rhinos. His teachers describe him as a “soulful, spirited and ambitious child…years beyond his age”.

RACHEL STARK

Graphic Designer

Rachel is currently residing in Philadelphia as a Marketing Manager at FreedomPay, Inc. With a strong background and BA in Graphic Design, she works heavily with graphics, print design and advertisements for FreedomPay, as well developing her own company for print invitations called StarkInvites. She has been passionate about animals her whole life and rescuing dogs has been a life changing experience. Her hobbies include health and fitness, especially with her dogs, where she spends her free time exploring the Delaware Valley for new trails to hike with her pups!

EVE KRIEL

Youth Team Leader

Eve was born in South Africa in 2009 and is the youngest member of the BRR team. Since she was very little she has loved all animals (especially her dogs Bobby and Bella). Eve has shown tremendous compassion, gentleness and kindness towards animals and has helped care for baby birds and baby owls. She wants to rescue and rehabilitate animals when she is older. Eve was extremely enraged when she learnt about rhino poaching and produced a beautiful little song “Little Rhino’s Melody”. She has joined BRR to learn what it takes to protect the rhino species and other endangered animals. Eve has also worked with orphaned baby rhinos to gain valuable skills and knowledge to protect them.

DANA CONNORS

Switzerland

Dana has been teaching for the past 10 years and truly believes that children are our warriors in this battle against extinction. She has helped create resources and activities with Baby Rhino Rescue for teachers and students all over the world. Her hope is that with these tools, they they will be able to make a difference in our future.

SALLY SHORKEND

Photographer

Sally has photographed some of South Africa’s most important artistic, historical and political figures including Winnie Mandela, William Kentridge, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Photographing the magnificent baby rhinos at Care for Wild Africa was an extraordinary experience for her.

SABINE ANDERSON

Rhino Warrior education

Sabine Anderson lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and is a passionate rhino warrior. She is married with children and grandchildren with her pets constituting family too! She has worked as a nursery/preschool school teacher for the past 29 years and has made a point of educating the young ones about the plight of the rhinos, with great success! Sabine is turning her four and five year old students into active rhino warriors, and future leaders.

ROWAN VAN DER MERWE

Production Assistant

Rowan has four years of experience in assisting with camera work, and has taken on lead roles in filming. His experience includes a wide variety of projects, from music videos and investigative journalism, to advertising and corporate promotions. Rowan enjoys working in this field, and would like to take it further by filming more nature and outdoor themes. Rowan’s hobbies include mountain climbing, swimming, cycling, exploring nature trails, game drives and helping with animal care. What interests him the most is trying to capture his outdoor activities, the beauty of nature, and putting it into a video in order to share his experiences with others.

LEI’LA’ BRYANT

Social Media

A lifelong lover of nature, Lei’La’ considers respect for all the beautiful creatures on this earth as a primary goal for humanity. The author and educator believes that in nature, we can find infinite inspiration for our imaginative endeavors, and in our imaginations, we can find as many solutions to protect and preserve the natural world around us.