Larry Patterson, (BVMS, MSc, MRCVS). Larry manages his own company,
Kalahari Game Services, which focuses on various forms of wildlife management.
He states “Our work is mainly commercial wildlife translocation, which involves
catching and moving large numbers of plains game. We also have a track record
of producing management plans for wildlife conservation areas, varying from small
game ranches to major national parks throughout Africa.”
With over twenty year’s experience in wildlife management and an impeccable
record, Larry is EWB’s chief wildlife veterinarian. He conducts the chemical
immobilization (darting) of the elephants and ensures the animals’ health and
safety during the collaring exercises. During the last eight years Larry has
immobilized over 200 elephants with EWB, an impressive feat!
Peter Pearlstein. Pete’s business, Okavango Helicopters has been operating in Northern Botswana since 1982. He has considerable experience with wildlife research and filming projects. With 26 years of flying experience, and the “best helicopter pilot” in northern Botswana, Pete does all our flying when we dart elephant from the air. Darting elephants from the air, hovering above the tree tops and landing next to an immobilized elephant requires serious concentration and impeccable timing… “Pete has saved us from many tricky and challenging situations over the years!”
EWB owes a considerable debt of gratitude to both Pete and Larry. These two men are great custodians of Botswana’s elephants and natural heritage. It is always a great honour to work with them in the bush, to hear their incredible and humorous stories and to learn from them.
Mike Holding, Afriscreen Films. EWB has flown many hours with Mike, tracking and looking for elephants in the remote corners of the study area. His perceptive and deep knowledge on the distribution of wildlife are not only an asset to EWB, but makes him one of northern Botswana’s most knowledgeable bush pilots.
Mike is dependable and is always willing and ready, volunteering to fly at a moment’s notice. His exceptional tracking skills are invaluable and he miraculously manages to find elephants, which seemingly have disappeared. He is as passionate about wildlife as his cinematography.
Alan and Kim Parnass, Wings4Wildlife,Inc. The Parnasses provide
volunteer aviation services to wildlife conservation and animal
research projects and are committed to enlisting qualified and
dedicated pilots who will donate their time and resources to expand
their volunteer activities.
Alan has flown over 500 hours for EWB, often over new and difficult
terrain, from navigating the devastating bush fires over Khadoum NP
in Namibia, to the war torn region of southern Angola. Mike says of Alan: “I can state with authority that Alan is one of the best aerial survey pilots I have had the great privilege to fly with… he is meticulous, flies dead straight transect lines while maintaining a fixed altitude, a gruelling task which he endures for hours and requires committed concentration”. Never one to complain… Alan gets the job done!
Volunteer pilots have included: Player Crosby, Jed Lipskey, Paul and Carolyn Bartlett.
Special Advisor and Mentor:
Professor Curtice Griffin, University of Massachusetts,
Amherst. As co-founder of EWB, Curt is an important special adviser
and mentor to EWB; he assists EWB with data analysis and publishing
our significant work. Curt has been working to conserve wildlife
for over 30 years. His research efforts have spanned five continents,
from his work with elephants in the savannas of southern and East
Africa and the tropical forests of southeast Asia, endangered hawks
in the Galapagos and Hawaiian islands, seabirds from Alaska to Hawaii
to Maine, sea turtles in the North Atlantic, and wetlands conservation
in eastern Europe, South Africa and the U.S. His conservation efforts
extend from protecting open space in his small New England community,
to helping state and federal agencies protect endangered species
and wetlands, to helping other countries develop their biodiversity
Martin and Sophie Haupt own and operate Africa Wildlife Tracking, a South African Company based in Pretoria, which specializes in manufacturing satellite and radio tracking equipment for wildlife. EWB uses Africa Wildlife Tracking for all their satellite and radio telemetry requirements, which enables us to successfully tack and monitor collared elephants. Their dedicated personal service to EWB is sincerely appreciated.
John Hanks, (Phd), International Conservation
Services. Dr. Hanks is a special friend and adviser to EWB. He was
instrumental in the development of the world’s largest conservation
initiative, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area
(KAZA TFCA). He has recently completed a technical report on mitigation
strategies for human-elephant conflict and is currently writing
the first transboundary elephant management strategy for KAZA. He
regularly contributes towards topical conservation articles in Africa’s
premier conservation journal, Africa Geographic. He also hosts a
popular radio program, Talking of Nature; on 1485AM Radio Today.
John and Tina Chase, John Chase Safaris. Born
out of a legendary, colorful heritage, John Chase Safaris is a prestigious
mobile photographic safari company that offers tailored trips in
Botswana. John and Tina Chase’s love and knowledge of the
country and its people ensure the company’s dedication to
cultural issues, as well as, unwavering support and assistance to
EWB’s field activities.
We appreciate the support and approval from the following government ministries:
Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Botswana (DWNP)
Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA)
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia (MET)
Government of Angola/Governor’s office Kuando Kubango Province
“working together to conserve the environment!”