John B Dyer John

John Dyer is the current founder and patron of the Ajubatus Foundation with a great understating of our wildlife and the preservation of endangered species. As a businessman, philanthropist and avid conservationist, John is passionate about the African wilderness and the need to conserve this global heritage. From an extensive corporate background (he was the MD of one of De Beers offshore subsidiaries at age of 29) that saw sojourns in London, Ireland and the Isle Man, John’s mind was never far from the wilderness and Africa. His 10 years as Chairman of Ulusaba Private Game Reserve is testament to his need to conserve our natural heritage. As chairman of the Ajubatus Group of companies, John has focused his time and energy on the Ajubatus Foundation and works in conjunction with leading veterinarians, scientist and academics. He has committed profits from his published works to furtherance of good scientific research. If not found wondering in the wilds, John revels in quiet time at his holiday home on the Isle of Man Some of his achievements include:

  • Turned Ulusaba Game Reserve into 5-star Game Lodge with 80% International visitors and was named by Conde Nast as one of the top 100 tourist destinations.
  • Started Ajubatus Marine and Wildlife Rescue initiative, taking over an operational Lighthouse at Seal Point, Cape St Francis. The centre attracted over 50 000 visitors  per annum and was later donated to the Penguins Eastern Cape in 2008/09
  • Entered in to partnership with SANParks to do strategic Scientific Research initiatives i.e
  • Cheetah Demographic Study
  • Lion Demographic Study which is a 7 years study of lion population within the Kruger
  • Research and design of satellite tracking technology for wildlife collars
  • Black Rhino study
  • Initiated the Ajubatus Wild 4 kidz programme; the projects priority is education and sponsorship of young minds in the borders of the Kruger National Park

Mr Jordi van Oort jordi_van_oort

Jordi is a volunteer at Ajubatus. He completed his Nature Conservation studies in University of Applied Sciences van Hall (2005 – 09) and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (2008). Prior to joining Ajubatus, Jodi did forestry, nature and wildlife conservation internships;

  • May 2012 – September 2012; Internship at Sacred Natural Sites Initiatives in Wageningen (Netherlands)
  • July 2011 – December 2011; Msc Thesis at Agricultural Research Council in Nelspruit
  • May 2009 – November 2009; Bsc Thesis at the Centro de Investigacion Cientifica de Yucatan (CICY) In Merida, Mexico

Ms Siobhan Dyer

Siobhan has always had a passion and love for wildlife since a young age hence her career path in the conservation field and began her career as a volunteer on the Marine and Wildlife rescue programmes in 2002\3. She went on to complete a three year National Diploma in Nature Conservation, followed by a further academic year to complete her B.Tech Degree at NMMU. Her work in wildlife has seen her working at the Shamwari Game Reserve rehabilitation centre in the Wildlife Department, under Dr Johan Joubert (Wildlife Director) and Mr John O’Brien (Senior Ecologist). She was also part of the team that filmed – “Shamwari: A Wild Life Series”.  Siobhan studies in Nature Conversation include:

  • 2007 completed National diploma – Nature Conservation
  • 2008 completed B.Tech- Nature Conservation
  • 2013 graduated with M.Sc in Zoology through Rhodes University

Mr Sean Dyer

sean_dryerSean joined the Ajubatus foundation in 2003 as a student and completed various courses/programmes in handling and treatment of Marine Wild Birds.  His passion for wildlife is evident through his studies seeing him complete a BSC degree in Zoology and Botany through UNISA. His achievements include:

  • 2007 appointed as an IT technician for Ajubatus
  • 2010 appointed as part of the Kruger research team investigating wildlife satellite tracking technologies for collar designs
  • 2013 as General Manager, overseeing the Ajubatus Wild 4 kids personnel involving planning and management of the foundation resources.