The staff at Inverdoorn hail from various parts of South Africa, and even other parts of the world. As a result they all have very different and diverse backgrounds, but are connected by their passion for wildlife and conservation.
Christo Viljoen, the manager of RhinoProtect and farm supervisor at Inverdoorn, was born in Cape Town, South Africa . He speaks English, Afrikaans and a little bit of Xhosa. His favourite thing about South Africa, besides the wildlife of course, is the friendly people and all the different cultures.
Q. Tell us a bit about yourself? Your background and experience?
A. I had a passion for wildlife since I was a child. After finishing school I went to study game ranch management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and various other wildlife short courses. It was always my dream to follow a career in conservation and to work with wildlife so that I could help conserve Africa's wildlife.
Q. What does your work at Inverdoorn involve?
A. My work involves various aspects. I do anything from game drives, farm maintenance and managing the anti-poaching unit. Every day there is a new challenge and that is what I enjoy so much about my work.
Q. What new animals were introduced (or re-introduced) recently?
A. The only thing that has been introduced into the reserve since I have been at Inverdoorn is a new herd of black wildebeest which is doing very well, but with it being springtime the animals are reproducing wonderfully. Just recently three new baby giraffes were born.
Q. What is your favourite part of the job?
A. My favourite part of the job is to see people appreciating all the effort toward conservation of every single person working at Inverdoorn.
Q. What is the most challenging part of the job?
The most challenging part of the job is to ensure that future generations will be able to appreciate Africa's beauty without any animals going extinct.
Q. Tell us about your work with the rhino patrol.
Unfortunately I can't tell you a lot for the sake of the rhinos, but it involves every aspect of ensuring the safety of our rhinos.
Q. What do you think South Africa needs to do to aid conservation? On a public, private and government level?
Well public, private and government, all of them, just have to realise that every small little effort toward conservation helps and if they don't all work together Africa's wildlife will take a step backwards.