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Core Team

Lesley

Jennifer

Kate

Jane

Gofaone

Masixole

Andile

Moleni

Lunga

Melumzi

DSG/SAC

Lesley McNutt

MSc – Founder and Director

Lesley, originally from Canada, has a BA.h. in Cultural Geography from Queens University and a Masters in Development Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal. Lesley’s introduction to Africa was in the late 1980s working for World Wildlife Fund in Madagascar and exploring east and southern Africa in a kayak. Captivated, she returned and in 1992 met JW “Tico” McNutt who was working on his PhD in Animal Behaviour on African Wild Dogs out of University of California, Davis. They married in 1996. She and Tico have two boys that they have raised in their remote research camp in the Okavango Delta. Still home of their ever growing organisation – The Botswana Predator Conservation Trust (BPCTrust.org) is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wildlife spaces through research and applied conservation initiatives.  As director of social programs, Lesley’s own research focused on human-wildlife conflict and the relationships between people and protected areas. As a result of her research, she aspired to find ways to derive more impact from conservation efforts than traditional practices were producing. In 2004, she spearheaded Coaching for Conservation® (C4C) and continues to grow the successful initiative of Inspiring Kids to Care.

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Dr. Jennifer Gush

Principal Educator

Dr. Jennifer Gush grew up in Zimbabwe where she developed a love for animals and the outdoors. She has a PhD in Zoology but initially went to university with the idea of becoming a high school biology teacher. Jennifer never achieved that goal but through a journey involving the tourism industry, monitoring wildlife and community projects she has ended up following a dream of teaching people; namely children about the environment. Through the C4C programme, Jennifer meets hundreds of school children each year and aims to inspire them to all become kids who care. Jennifer enjoys nothing more than being part of a kid’s first wildlife experience. The thrill of seeing a child encounter a wild animal in its natural environment for the first time just never grows dull.

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Kate Muir

PGCE, BSc- C4C Program Facilitator

Kate obtained her Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree and Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Rhodes University in 2010. Thereafter she completed 2 years of teaching abroad in Hong Kong. Having lived in a consumer country, Kate felt a deep desire to make a difference in her community when it came to the reduction of illegal wildlife trade and conservation education. She began her C4C journey in 2013. Her passion for children, sport, conservation and education is undeniable. C4C has given Kate the opportunity to make a difference not only in her community but in communities abroad, by connecting children from consumer countries with children in Africa and inspiring them to care about themselves, others and the natural world around them.

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Jane Horgan

MSc – Program partner and Botswana C4C Facilitator

Originally from Australia, Jane has an MSc and Bachelor’s degree in Science (Wildlife Biology and Zoology) and Arts from the University of Queensland. After university Jane spent 5 years working at Australia Zoo where she fell in love with cheetahs and became passionate about conservation. Jane has experience working with a variety of conservation and research projects including the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Kalahari Research and Conservation group. Jane has been working with Cheetah Conservation Botswana since 2009. In 2014 Jane moved to Maun to head up the CCB Education program and we formed a strong partnership to improve conservation education in northern Botswana. Jane acts as program facilitator to help deliver the Maun based C4C program.

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Gofaone Bosele

Soccer Coach

Gofaone was born in Maun and was one of the first C4C program participants in Maun in 2008. She claims that the experience of C4C influenced her throughout her school years and it began a lifelong passion for the game of soccer. Gofaone continued to play throughout her whole school career, becoming the instigator of - and captain of her schools team. Having finished high school with a desire to work with children, Gofaone is now working with Coaching for Conservation as a coach as well as helping with data collection for our longitudinal study on the impact of the C4C experience on past participants.

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Masixole Nzayo

Soccer Coach

Masixole was born in Grahamstown. He has many years of soccer experience, both coaching and playing. He currently represents his team the United Aces in the local soccer league. Masi has been a part of the C4C family since 2014. ‘What I like about C4C is that it has given me an opportunity to learn about and respect wildlife. I am able to share the information that I have learned at C4C to the children in my community. My favourite memory is when we went to Botswana for a annual C4C camp with all our fellow coaches- this was my first time visiting another country and flying in an aeroplane’. Masi hopes that the  children will learn how to respect themselves, others and the environment and to be responsible for their future.

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Andile Nzayo

Soccer Coach

Andile has lived in Grahamstown his entire life. He has been playing and coaching soccer for a number of years and represents his soccer team the United Aces in the local soccer league. ‘I love C4C- educating children within local communities, using sport and also wildlife coaches as mentors are great!’ His favourite C4C experience to date is going to Amakhala Game Reserve and seeing animals in their natural habitat. Even though Andile lives on the periphery of wildlife areas, he had never been to a Game Reserve before. “I hope children learn to accept themselves for the way they are and learn to be proud of it”.

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Moleni Lulwana

Soccer Coach

Moleni Lulwana has lived in the small town of Paterson all his life and has played soccer since he was just 10 years old. He plays for the Really Chiefs team in the regional soccer league and his favourite position is goal keeper. Moleni’s favourite C4C lessons are the rhino lessons where the kids learn to defend their goal and how to show they care. Moleni says that C4C has taught him that poaching is not right and that it is our duty to make sure that all animals live in a healthy habitat. Hurting animals can cause chaos in our lives because our parents will lose their jobs and won’t be able to take responsibility for their children. Animals are like human beings. Moleni’s favourite C4C memories are learning about wildlife in Botswana “Hmmmm! that was cool!” #respect wildlife.

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Lunga Baka

Soccer Coach

Lunga Baka was born in Paterson in 1985. He says, “I started with C4C in 2013, when I first started I was a soccer coach. But when I got involved things changed because I was no longer only a soccer coach. I would say I was more like an educator as well, because C4C changed my attitude towards the environment. I fell in love with environment, which made it easier for me to preach about the importance of taking care of our environment”. Lunga feels that it is very important to talk about something that you feel inside and that even though he has coached kids for many years, C4C taught him a lot. For an example, it’s very challenging working with kids, but C4C made it easier for him, especially as his communication skills improved. What has really touched Lunga’s heart is that the parents in his community really appreciate what C4C is doing for the kids. So that really inspires him and it makes him want to do it more. Lunga continues to look forward to inspire kids who care. It has really changed the mindset of the kids, to understand the importance of respecting environment and other kids as well.

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Melumzi Matiwane

Soccer Coach

Melumzi was born and bred in Grahamstown. He often shares the story of how as an 8 year old he saw an elephant for the first time. He could just not believe how enormous it was! This encounter was to shape his passion for wildlife and natural environment. After school, Melumzi went on to study nature conservation and in 2013 he received his Field Guide Association of South Africa (FGASA) qualification. This allows Melumzi to combine his love of people, both young and old with his interest in wildlife by working as a field guide on a game reserve in South Africa. Added to this, Melumzi is an inspiring part of the C4C coaching team. He can encourage the shiest child to take part in the soccer games and learn about the wonderful world we live in.

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DSG/SAC PARTNERSHIP

Since 2014 Coaching for Conservation®(C4C) has partnered with Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) and St Andrews College in Grahamstown. We have had 20 enthusiastic and inspiring grade 10 and 11 volunteers work with us thus far. These DSG/SAC (most of them being Presidents Award students) help to build self-esteem, inspire hope, and instill a confidence in children to change the world that they live in. The volunteers play a vital role in our programme, setting examples and being role models for our Grade 5 participants. New recruits are mentored by last years’ students and are committed to 2 years of service.

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