The Project has an Advisory Board that meets annually for governance issues and quarterly for operational planning and guides all decision making. They bring a diverse range of strengths to the Project and are a constant guiding force for the team on the ground.

The Scientific and Conservation Advisors on the Board:

·         Dr. Rob Little – Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (Vice-Chair)

·         Prof. Antoinette Kotze – National Zoological Gardens and Univ. of Free State

·         Prof. Ray Jansen – Tshwane University of Technology

·         Dr. Stephen van der Spuy – Johannesburg Zoo

·         Nick Theron – Birdlife South Africa

·         Hendri Coetzee – North West University

Corporate, Administrative, Marketing and Financial Component of the Board:

·         Malcolm Cumming (Chairman)

·         Elsa Taylor (Treasurer)

·         Jai Ramchandran

·          Wouter  Pienaar

·         Krynauw Erasmus

Lucy Kemp

Lucy Kemp (Project Manager)

She has a background in zoology (MSc Univ. of Cape Town) and has worked on a number of conservation projects: wild dog and cheetah census in the Kruger National Park; black rhino and several game species in the Kunene Region of Namibia; artisanal fisheries along the South African south coast and community conservation in the Kunene, Kaokoland and Caprivi Regions of Namibia. She lectured Conservation Biology for three years in Namibia. She is currently also a PhD candidate (Univ. of Free State and National Zoological Gardens) investigating the genetic strength of ground-hornbill populations across the full extent of their African range to allow for better management decisions.

  Natasha Nienaber

Natasha Nienaber (Ass. Project Manager)
She has a background in research on reintroduced cheetah and elephants in small games reserves (Entabeni Private Game Reserve)environmental education (Golden Gate National Park and Disney World Florida). She also has a FGASA Level 2 qualification and worked as a field guide for two years before feeling like she could make more of a conservation contribution as a researcher and conservation biologist. She is also engaged in an MSc on the foraging patterns of Ground-Hornbills as an Index of habitat suitability. 





Nthabiseng Monama Nthabiseng Monama 
She joined the team in August 2013 to lead the environmental education and awareness  program for school children in areas where the hornbills still occur. She has a background in Environmental Education and is currently in a process of completing her National Diploma in Nature Conservation through the University of South  Africa. With the experience she has gained at the National Zoological Gardens and Loskop Dam Municipal Reserve and the passion she has for conservation she will help in spreading the word about the plight of the Southern Ground-Hornbill to the young and old, thus working through people to reduce the decline of the species.
  Heinrich Nel Field assistant Heinrich Nel (Field assistant)
His bushveld upbringing in the Kruger National Park was what motivated him to give up the bright lights of Johannesburg for the quiet bush life working with the hornbills. His experience is invaluable in keeping the Mabula show on the road, designing new release bomas and assisting Charles with the monitoring.

Alan & Meg Kemp Alan & Meg Kemp
Alan and Meg Kemp pose with Kingfisher, the first hand-reared second-hatched chick from the Kruger Park to breed successfully in the wild. They initiated a long-term population study of hornbills in the Park in 1967, part of which led to the routine harvest, rearing and reintroduction of these redundant chicks by the Mabula Project. Alan did his PhD on hornbills in the Park, later a monograph on hornbills of the world, and the Kemp seniors continue to study and advise on this interesting Bucerotiformes order of birds.

  Ann Turner

Ann Turner (Founder)
Ann started the Project in 1999 and fuelled by her love of the birds and desire to make a difference for the species was instrumental in getting many of the current conservation structures in place. She saw the project through the painful early stages of learning how to hand-rear and release birds successfully but saw the fruits of her hard work when Kingfisher, a hand-reared chick, bred in the wild – proof that all she was working towards could be achieved. Although she has retired back to the UK she remains a strong guiding mentor to us all. See history for more details.



Nick Theron

Nick Theron

Nick started at the project as a field guide and through his years at Project grew as a conservationist and scientist. He received his MSc cum laude on the ecology and genetics of the Limpopo Valley population and has published this work. This field experience allowed him to develop the capture protocol and so will be training and guiding any further capture operations.

  Sue White

Sue White
In February 2012 Sue attended an evening with the Leeupoort Raptors Conservancy at Mabula Lodge.  Here she met up with Lucy & Natasha discussing the plight of the Ground Hornbill & the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project.  A lover of nature she decided it would be a wonderful idea to design and maintain a website to help assist in the conservation of this great bird.  She is a member of Tchinga Enterprises a web design company -






Tyler Andrews
Tyler Andrews (GIS & database consultant)
Tyler is from the mountains of Colorado and fell in love with Africa during a semester abroad in Namibia. With a BSc in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, Tyler worked as a biological technician for the US Department of Agriculture: National Wildlife Disease Program for two years. After leaving the USDA, he worked for the Ground Hornbill Project for six months to complete the Ground Hornbill Sighting Database and GIS Database and will continue to assist as the GIS and Data consultant. In the future, he plans to work in human/wildlife conflict and return to Africa to complete a MS in Conservation Biology.
Jennifer Pearse
Jennifer Pearse (Education Programme consultant)
She studied Early Childhood Studies at the University of Chester. She has taught at several schools in Tanzania, Kenya and England, teaching both maths and English. This experience working with children from multiple cultures, both in a nursery setting and in the home, has allowed her to develop an insightful environmental education programme. It is age-specific and allows for the conservation message to reach the children targeted in a fun and interesting manner with attributes that allow them to also take the message home to their families.