Richard Olwa

Mr. Richard Olwa is a Research Scientist for the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute (NAFIRRI) of Uganda. Mr. Olwa is an aquatic biodiversity and environmental expert. Over the past 10 years, Richard has acquired extensive skills and knowledge of biodiversity conservation techniques including research design, data collection, management of project personnel, resources, coordination, and planning strategies to execute projects. He is a team player who is passionate about generating and sharing scientific knowledge for the benefit of local communities and biodiversity conservation. He has successfully coordinated and implemented projects such as “Promoting recovery of threatened fish populations and other aquatic wildlife on Satellite lakes of Uganda through working with local communities and government agencies. Richard is currently serving as the Field Operations Manager for the creation of Lake Nyaguo Community Conservation Area, a project being implemented by NAFIRRI in partnership with Rainforest Trust.

Jacob Adong

Jacob Adong use to be a hunter and trapper. He started hunting at the age of 18, going to the bush with dogs, trapping, chasing and killing animals like cane rats, porcupines, and many others. In December 1993, he later started using guns to hunt larger animals like monkeys, duiker and bush pigs. Little did he know some of these animals have been declared as protected species until he came in contact with ERuDeF in 2004. After that encounter with ERuDeF, Jacob became a wildlife conservation advocate in his community, Bechati, and he is currently working as a field guide and a community ranger in the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.

Solomon Tayim

Tankoh Solomon Tayim was born in the Besali village adjacent to the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. He dropped out from secondary school when his father died. As the first male child in his family, it was his responsibility to take care of and support his mother and siblings. It was from this situation that he got involved with the trapping and hunting of animals such as cane rats, porcupine, duikers and bush pig. He also engaged in the cultivation of cocoa and palm to generate income for his family. In 2010 he came in contact with ERuDeF during community sensitizations on the creation of the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. He then became involved in the conservation project as a bio-monitor and he is currently working as a field guide and community ranger in the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.

Thomas Njingo

Mr. Njingo Thomas was born on the 1 st of January 1950 at Lewoh, Lebialem Division. He has been working with the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) since 2005, where he currently serves as the Head of Division for the Technical Services Division. Since then he has served in the following capacity; Office Assistant at the Head Office in Buea, from January 2005 to December 2012. He also served as the Logistics Officer from January 1, 2013 to the 31 st of December 2017, in the Department of Administration.

Segundo Baldomiro Balcazar Becerra

Segundo started his job with Fundación Jocotoco on November 21, 2001. When he started to work for Jocotoco, he built the first trails and collaborated in the creation of nest boxes and bird monitoring. The species he likes the most is the El Oro parakeet.

Jiba Magwaza

Jiba lives in kwaNdengezi, Durban, South Africa. He has a BSc degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Diploma in Project management. Jiba is responsible for coordinating and carrying out much of the social engagement, sustainable development and environmental education necessary for Endangered Wildlife Trust’s work towards protecting the extensive Adam’s Mission wetlands south of Durban. He is a mentor to our Biodiversity Protection Officers who patrol the area and engage with local community members. He has a keen interest in the field of bioacoustics, which is a tool Endangered Wildlife Trust uses to monitor flagship endangered species. His career objective is to grow an outstanding career in the field of environmental management and community development and be able to offer practical solutions to environmental challenges that modern society is faced with, as well to improve the livelihoods of people in both rural and urban areas.


James has been an avid nature enthusiast since he could remember and is now dedicating his life to helping the natural world through a pragmatic social enterprise and his work with Rainforest Trust UK.

After studying at the University of Leeds, James went to work in London within one of the big 5 business consultancy groups before moving into finance as a global commodities portfolio manager.

In 2015, having witnessed the devastating effects of deforestation in Madagascar on the country’s biodiversity and returning with a desire for a more meaningful life, James quit the rat race to start up a UK-based sustainable construction supply company called EnviroBuild.

As well as reducing the environmental impact of the construction industry, the company donates 10% of its profits every year to environmental charities, including Rainforest Trust UK. EnviroBuild is also a President’s Level member of Rainforest Trust’s Conservation Circle.

In his spare time James loves to scuba dive, sail, kite surf and go mountain biking. He became a Trustee of Rainforest Trust UK in February 2019.

Shumani Makwarela

Shumani was born and raised in Venda, Limpopo province, South Africa, and has a National Diploma in Nature Conservation from the University of South Africa (UNISA). As a senior field ranger, Shumani is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day running of Medike Nature Reserve, including activities such as supervising Soutpansberg Protected Area (SPA) field rangers, identifying and mapping alien species sites to be cleared, regular monitoring of cleared sites, anti-poaching operations, eco-tourism ventures within neighbouring SPA communities, detecting and controlling illegal activities in the SPA (in conjunction with the manager), by patrolling, collecting strategic biodiversity and habitat data in the SPA, and assisting with LBSP, The Limpopo Province’s Biodiversity Stewardship Programme in the western Soutpansberg, in collaboration with the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET).

Leon Bitterbos

Leon Bitterbos has two children, a boy and a girl, whom he works to support. Leon is a hard-working person and good with chainsaws, which he uses to clear alien invasives from the reserve.

Angelo Davids

Angelo Davids is a quiet young person who is interested in sports. He likes to work in nature and is interested in the environment and conservation. His goal is to build a future for himself working on the reserve.