MEET THE TEAM

These are the people that give their everything every single day to make DAKTARI the best it can be.
Our team consists of both paid staff and international volunteers that devote 9 or more months of their life to our cause.

Ian & Michèle Merrifield

Co-Founders

Ian and Michèle met at Tshukudu Lodge many years ago and fell in love. After getting married, they created DAKTARI in 2006. Michèle's favourite animal is a dassie and Ian's an elephant.
Peter Jones

Project Manager

Peter is 49 years old and will be our project manager for the next year. He's originally from Cape Town and his favourite animal is a lion.
Julian Ruemenapp

Assistant Project Manager

Julian is 23 years old and comes from the USA. He'll be volunteering at DAKTARI for one year and his favourite animal is a hippo.
Pretty Mogofe

Office & Bookings Manager

Pretty is 27 years old and has worked at DAKTARI since November 2016. She manages the short-term volunteering inquiries and administration work. Her favourite animal is a porcupine.
Rahaba Mahlako

Outreach Manager

Rahaba is 27 years old and comes from the Oaks Village. She has been working at DAKTARI since April 2017. Her favourite animal is a squirrel.
Camilla Brotons

Outreach Assistant

Camilla is 21 years old and comes from France. She is volunteering at DAKTARI for 9 months and her favourite animal is an elephant.
Silke Gadeyne

Communications & Media Manager

Silke is 23 years old and comes from Belgium. She's volunteering at DAKTARI for one year and her favourite animal is either a cat or a goat.
Patience Moripa

Volunteer Manager

Patience is 24 years old. She comes from Turkey zone 1 and has been working at DAKTARI since January. Her favourite animal is a meerkat.
Lebogang Lewele

Assistant Volunteer Manager

Lebo is 29 years old and comes from Turkey zone 1. She started working at DAKTARI in May 2019. Her favourite animal is a lion.
Beth Henson

Animal Welfare & Development Manager

Beth is 25 years old and comes from the UK. She will be at DAKTARI for two years and her favourite animal at DAKTARI is a mongoose.
Johnson Mabela

Animal Care Manager

Johnson is 30 years old and comes from the nearby village Enable. He has worked at DAKTARI since September 2017 and his favourite animal is a cheetah.
Marie Bauvin

Fundraising Manager

Marie is 25 years old and comes from France. She's staying at DAKTARI for 10 months and her favourite animal is a horse.
Sam Sekgobela

Maintenance

Sam is 41 years old and lives in Worcester. He has worked at DAKTARI since September 2014 and his favourite animal is a cheetah.
Lucky Mabela

Maintenance

Lucky is 38 years old and lives in Enable. His favourite animal is a elephant.
Aba Sedi

Maintenance

Aba is 39 years old and comes from Enable. His favourite animal is a mongoose.
Senior Seotlo

Head Cook

Senior is 48 years old and comes from Turkey zone 1. She has worked with Michèle and Ian since they had their restaurant and her favourite animal is an elephant.
Remembrance Leseilane

Assistant Cook

Remembrance is 25 years old and lives in the Willows. She started working at DAKTARI in May 2018 and her favourite animal is a waterbuck.
Conny Madike

Housekeeping

Conny is 31 years old and comes from Worcester. Her favourite animal is an elephant.
Cynthia Mogofe

Housekeeping

Cynthia is 30 years old and lives in Turkey Zone 1. She started working at DAKTARI in June 2018 and her favourite animal is a giraffe.
Alice Seotlo

Housekeeping

Alice is 26 years old and lives in Turkey zone 1. Her favourite animal is a porcupine!