Our Bloggers

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Conservationist / Wildlife & Conservation Photographer

Peter Chadwick

As a dedicated conservationist and wildlife & conservation photographer, Peter Chadwick has over 25 years of experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He is the founder of African Conservation Photography and has worked throughout southern Africa in some of its most special wild places, including the Kalagadi Desert, Kruger National Park, Drakensberg Mountains, the sub-antarctic Prince Edward Islands and De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area. This has instilled in him a deep passion for Africa, its wild places and its peoples.

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Shannon Paul

As a young adult I loved the mountains, hiking, the fynbos, rocky shore, and the indigenous flora and fauna of South Africa, so it was natural when our children came along that we raised them to be mountains kids and to be passionate about their environment. A choice that influenced both their careers. Having taught English for many years I enjoy reading and writing, and my garden in the country is my passion and our refuge. Here we organically produce our own bottle olives and oils from our olive orchard and grow many of our own vegetables and herbs.

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freelance communications specialist

Kate Black

As the daughter of a wildlife filmmaker, Kate spent her early childhood in the Okavango Delta. Over the years, she has been fortunate to explore many of Southern Africa’s other wild places, contributing to her keen interest in African wildlife conservation. With a career grounded in digital marketing, Kate recently made the decision to work as a freelance communications specialist, with a particular focus on environmental NGOs. An avid trail runner and hiker, she loves the outdoors and the incredible natural diversity that the Western Cape has to offer.

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Africa@Heart

Sarah-Leigh Watson

After qualifying with a BA in Journalism and African History from Rhodes University, Sarah went on to qualify as a FGASA registered Game Ranger where she spent time in the South African Lowveld pursuing her passion for wildlife photography and nature conservation. Sarah started her formal career as a photographic journalists, based out of Johannesburg, but working across the African continent. In 2007 she decided to settle in Cape Town and there joined the WWF South Africa team where she moved through the ranks from Communications Co-ordinator, to Marine and Freshwater Marketing Manager and finally to the position of organisational Marketing and Brand Manager. In her time at WWF Sarah’s passion for wildlife and environmental issues grew and she developed a deep seated passion for land conservation. This love of the environment has stayed with Sarah as she has embarked on a career as a marketing consultant, working within the environmental sector. Through hard hitting results driven campaigns, Sarah’s company Africa@Heart now works with NGOs and small business across Africa to effect positive social and environmental change. For the past 9 years Sarah has been working closely with The Table Mountain Fund and WWF South Africa’s Land Programme to ensure that key environmental landscapes across South Africa are restored and conserved for future generations. Having grown up in the shadow of Table Mountain, spending countless days climbing her rocky slopes and running on her rugged trails, Sarah is deeply passionate about the conservation of Table Mountain and the expansion of this iconic World Heritage Site.