Chairman

Raymond Jansen
Raymond Jansen
Raymond Jansen

Ray Jansen is the Co-Chairman of the APWG and a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Pangolin Specialist Group. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental, Water and Earth Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the Tshwane University of Technology. He holds a PhD in Zoology from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
based at the University of Cape Town. Ray’s research interests are diverse and currently focus on rare and endangered birds, mammals and reptiles such as the Southern Ground Hornbill, Yellow-breasted Pipit and the Giant Girdled Lizard. He supervises post-graduate students working on African pangolin ecology, their use in traditional medicine and their prevalence in the bushmeat markets of West and southern Africa.

E-mail: jansenr[at]tut[dot]ac[dot]za
Phone: +27 12 385 6347

Vice-Chairman

Darren Pietersen
Darren Pietersen
Darren Pietersen

Darren is the Co-Chairman of the African Pangolin Working Group and the Africa Vice-Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Pangolin Specialist Group. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pretoria. Darren spent many years studying the ecology of Temminck’s Ground Pangolins in the Kalahari Desert in South Africa, and is currently acting in an advisory role on a number of research projects being undertaken under the auspices of the African Pangolin Working Group. In addition to pangolins Darren’s research interests include reptiles, amphibians and threatened bird species.

E-mail: pietersen[dot]darren[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone: +27 82 937 6052

Project Manager

Nicci Wright
Nicci Wright
Nicci Wright

Nicci is an independent wildlife rehabilitation specialist with many years' experience, and has handled more than 320 indigenous species. She previously worked as the Senior Animal Manager at FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre for many years. Nicci is also an advisor to various individuals and facilities, both nationally and internationally, on various issues concerning orphaned, injured and compromised wildlife. Nicci manages the rescue and rehabilitation of most of South Africa’s pangolin poaching cases and she also advises the authorities on the best practice when dealing with poached pangolins. Nicci is also a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Pangolin Specialist Group.

E-mail: nicci[dot]wright50[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone: +27 84 514 3562

Board Members

Antoinette Kotze
Antoinette Kotze
Antoinette Kotze

Antoinette Kotze is the Research and Scientific Services Manager at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of the Free State. She is managing the Centre for Conservation Science and is developing the Centre for Conservation Medicine at the National Zoological Gardens. She leads a group of 25 researchers, technical and support staff to coordinate, facilitate and conduct multidisciplinary research in biodiversity conservation. Her research programmes focus on genetic changes due to habitat fragmentation, studying the genetic integrity of populations and species, genetic relationships, phylogenetics and molecular disease monitoring. She supervisors or co-supervisors a number of postgraduate students conducting molecular research on African pangolins.

E-mail: antoinette[at]nzg[dot]ac[dot]za
Phone: +27 12 339 2795

Rynette Coetzee
Rynette Coetzee
Rynette Coetzee

Rynette is the secretary of the African Pangolin Working Group and a biodiversity officer at the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Sustainable Utilization of the Environment (GDARD SUE) branch. She previously worked as a Senior Field Officer at the Endangered Wildlife Trust, where she regularly liaised with State Prosecutors and Investigating Officers involved with prosecuting environmental crimes.

E-mail: coetzeerynette0[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone: +27 83 271 0274

Rob Bruyns
Rob Bruyns
Rob Bruyns

Rob studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and has a particular interest in the use and sustainability of African wildlife species for traditional medicine. He has a mixed background of photography, wildlife film-making and conservation. Rob is currently a Game Farm Manager and Research Coordinator for Highlands Country Estate - an environmental initiative based outside of Belfast in Mpumalanga, South Africa, which is involved both in conservation initiatives and local community programs.

E-mail: robinbruyns[at]gmail[com]com
Phone: +27 72 380 1286