Our Team

Philip Richardson – Behavioural Ecologist

Ph.D. (Oxon.) (Zoology); M.Sc. (Zoology) ; B.Sc. Hons (Zoology); Pr. Sci. Nat.

Project Manager

Phil is a graduate of the Universities of Cape Town, Pretoria and Oxford with vast experience of wildlife in Africa.

Phil’s zoological background includes over 15 years’ experience as a wildlife cameraman and producer. He holds a Doctorate in Zoology from University of Oxford and was a Senior Lecturer at University of Pretoria for nine years. He has supervised eight Ph.D. and M.Sc. theses on the behavioural ecology of various African mammals and has published over 40 scientific and popular articles. Phil has also acted as the Scientific Advisor for numerous wildlife films.

Ziggy Rode – 11 /11/1982 to 13/12/2018

In loving memory of Sieglinde Corny Rode

Ziggy was a well-respected and much-loved member of Human Wildlife Solutions. Since the project’s commencement in 2012, she had managed baboons with teams of rangers in the southern Cape Peninsula, dedicating six years of her life to the mission on hand. Ziggy was extremely passionate about wildlife, especially baboons, and always held their welfare as her top priority. Ziggy had a legendary work ethic, would always stand up for what she believed was right and would never compromise on animal welfare. She received a Master’s Degree (MSc) in 2011 in Environmental Management from UNISA’s Applied Behavioural Ecology and Ecosystems Research Unit, where she investigated the elephant impact on large trees and its potential effect on selected fauna. Her wildlife experience included working on research projects with leopards, ground hornbills, vervet monkeys, baboons and elephants. She was a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas – Young Professionals Group.

Ziggy is sorely missed by all at HWS, we will strive to ensure her legacy lives on.

Cath Shutte – Conservationist

B.Tech (Nature Conservation); N. Dip (Nature Conservation);  N. Dip (Travel and Tourism); Cand.Sci.Nat

Area Manager (South West)

Cath is a highly experienced and capable conservationist with a wealth of practical experience. After completing her Diploma in Travel and Tourism in 2008, Cath spent five years abroad in the United States of America, Australia and the United Kingdom. Upon return to Cape Town, she spent several years working in the Travel and Tourism industry.

In 2012 she decided to follow her calling in life and become a conservationist, volunteering in a range of positions while studying towards her National Diploma in Nature Conservation from UNISA. She assisted in a sable re-introduction program in Kruger National Park, volunteered in a marine survey project in Fish Hoek, and worked extensively with several baboon troops in the Tokai region.

Cath is registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and joined the HWS team in early 2015 as the Office Manager and has since been promoted to an Area Manager.  Her interests are in ecology, animal behaviour and primates.

Stephanus Ferreira – Conservationist

B.Tech (Nature Conservation); N. Dip (Nature Conservation)

Area Manager (North)

Stephanus obtained his National Diploma in Nature Conservation from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2013 and his B. Tech in Nature Conservation from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2017.  Stephanus worked at the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve during his practical year, in 2013, as an Ecological Technician and has extensive experience in the care and breeding of various large predators, game capture, animal off takes, game counts, anti-poaching, ecological burning, invasive alien clearing, veld condition assessments, erosion control and the compiling of management plans.

Stephanus joined the Human Wildlife Solutions in November 2013 as a field manager and has since been promoted to an Area Manager.

Kim Diedericks

Office Manager

Her excellent inter-personal, problem solving and administrative skills stems from her project management and legal administrative background. Kim was previously employed at a local environmental consultancy where she provided support and co-ordination on a variety of environmental assessment projects, public participation processes, environmental monitoring and control and assisted with the implementation of environmental management systems.

Kim also has experience with the compilation of Environmental Management Programmes and has four years’ experience as an independent Environmental Control Officer, monitoring and reporting on construction activities as well as providing environmental training and education to site labour.

Her legal administrative background at two local environmental law firms contributes to her proficiency in the drafting and formatting of communications and reports. Furthermore, she holds a national qualification in Project Management, a Paralegal Diploma and secretarial and minute taking certificates.

Kim is an analytical thinker, passionate about the well-being of people and animals and aims to maintain professional and meaningful relationships.

Kim Gordon – Conservationist

BA (Psych. and Comm. Sci.); Adv.Dip (Nature Conservation); N.Dip (Nature Conservation)

Community Conservation Officer

Kim started at HWS in 2018.  Kim has carried out several years of field research on primate behaviour involving vervet monkeys and chacma baboons in South Africa, as well as spending a year in Zambia researching kinda baboons. Kim has been involved with various environmental education sessions, has run monthly conservation club meetings, and has worked with local communities to improve capacity-building skills.

Kim completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2006. After working in online marketing, she decided to follow a career more aligned to her passion for the environment. In 2016, she received an Advanced Diploma in Nature Conservation from UNISA. She is currently working towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Nature Conservation (equivalent to a B.Tech) through UNISA. Her Honours project focused on human-wildlife conflict between suburban residents and chacma baboons in Hermanus, South Africa.

She has also volunteered in a range of positions while studying towards her National Diploma, gaining experience in various fields such as small mammal captures, river health assessments, park maintenance, and alien species control. Her interests are in ecology, human-wildlife conflict, animal behaviour, integrated resource management and environmental education.

Phillip Olivier – Zoologist

M.Sc. (Zoology); B.Sc. Hons. (Zoology); B.Sc. (Geography); Cand.Sci.Nat

Research and Development Officer

Phillip holds degrees in zoology and geography including an M.Sc. degree in Zoology focussing on wildlife management.  He has formal training in GIS software and has experience in aquatic ecology and water quality measurements. Additionally, Phillip has done specialist zoological studies for environmental impact assessments and worked as a laboratory and teaching assistant at the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of the Free State.    

Phillip is passionate about conservation and a real tech head, consequently, he is now responsible for managing HWS’s tech hardware which includes GPS tracking collars.

Phillip Joined HWS in 2015 as an intern and has since been promoted to Research and Development Officer.

Tara Naeser – Conservationist

B.Tech (Nature Conservation); N. Dip (Nature Conservation)

Conservation Officer

Tara completed her National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology in Nature Conservation at the George Campus of Nelson Mandela University. Through her studies she had the opportunity to part take in game counts and captures of large animals and assisted with data collection in mapping of vegetation, collection of dung samples, reptile capture, spider capture, population counts and monitoring of pangolins.

Tara has had continuous opportunities to spend time in the various protected areas in and around Cape Town and developed a passion for conservation. This has lead to her further understanding the behind the scenes actions of conservation within Cape Town.

 Tara joined HWS in 2018.

Phil McLean – Invasive Species Specialist

M.Sc. (underway), B.Sc. Hons (Botany), B.Sc., PCO (Environmental Weeds)

Invasive Species Consultant

Phil is busy completing his Masters Degree through the Centre for invasion Biology at Stellenbosch University. His project revolves around invasive plants within urban settings. He has worked with the City of Cape Town’s Invasive Species Unit where he was responsible for locating, identifying and mapping invasive species as well as gaining access to private property and managing teams responsible for invasive plant control. He subsequently worked for the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in the Western Cape team of their Early Detection and Rapid Response Programme where he conducted field verifications, herbicide and other control mechanism trials as well as compiling post border Risk Assessments for listed and suspect species.

In his spare time he heads up an NGO tasked with looking after the ecology of an urban river in Cape Town, the Friends of the Liesbeek. He is a passionate conservationist who believes in the strengthening of natural ecosystems through the removal of threatening invasive species and is particularly keen on a pragmatic, ‘get-it-done’ approach. He believes education is a vital tool for conservation and loves the opportunity to inform people from individuals to auditoriums full, about the wonders of nature and how we can all help look after it.

Anthony Roberts – Plant Ecologist and Biological Control Specialist

Ph.D. (Zoology); B.Sc. Hons (Botany); B.Sc. (Botany & Environmental & Geographical Studies)

Invasive Species Consultant

Anthony is a graduate of the University of Cape Town having completed his studies in 2006.

Through his tertiary studies Anthony developed a strong knowledge of plants and invertebrates. He has a broad interest in both flora and fauna and having spent over 5 years employed in conservation areas in South Africa he has lectured and supervised students in nature conservation and mammal research.  He has a well-developed understanding of game management including captive breeding programmes.

Anthony believes strongly in the development of human capacity through environmental projects and sees great opportunity in supporting disadvantaged communities through upskilling and job creation programmes that the management of invasive alien species require.