Join These African Wildlife Webinars

For most of us all travel is virtual right now, so why not join these webinar’s from the Leadership for Conservation in Africa for some vicarious mammalwatching.


The Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) is passionate about nature and the protection thereof.  Regardless the lockdowns all-over, a number of the LCA friends realised that there is so much conservation-related experience we can share, and in so doing unlock conservation during lockdown. Therefore, during the coming weeks, we offer you the opportunity to have live conservation talks in the comfort of your own home, hosting interesting speakers from our network.

The talks will happen every second evening on ZOOM at 19:00 South African Standard time (CET/ GMT+1) and will be limited to 100 viewers. RSVP for the dates you would like to join, and we will send you a zoom link that will connect you to the interactive talk on your selected dates. Please send your RSVP to You are also welcome to inform others, who need to forward their email addresses to the above e-mail to receive a ZOOM-link.

After each talk there will be time for questions and answers.

We supply the talk, you supply your own refreshments!

Best regards

Chris Marais

CEO: Leadership for Conservation in Africa

Mobile +27 (0) 82 897 3529

Office:  +27 (0) 12 460 5323



22 April 2020







02 May 2020




My Fascinating journey in conservation through West and Central Africa



Ten things you did not know about the Congo Basin Rainforest




Paul Telfer is a conservation biologist with more than 2 decades of experience in Central Africa. Paul started his life in Africa in 1991 as a researcher in Sierra Leone. He moved to Gabon a few years later and then went on to earn his PhD in Physical Anthropology from New York University. Paul returned to Gabon in 1999 and has led conservation and research programs in Gabon and Congo since then. Most recently Paul helped pioneer tourism as a conservation tool, helping to transform the conservation landscape in central Africa by implementing a new conservation model by partnering with government, conservation NGOs, and private sector business.




24 April 2020






30 April 2020






Rainforests of Tanzania, the secret jewel of a savannah dominated country


The new normal in conservation, imagining the world we want (at least some of us)


Michele started getting to know bugs, frogs and snakes as a child, despite some accidents with the latter, he survived and this, among other things, allowed him to work as a researcher in tropical biodiversity at the Trento Science Museum for over 25 years. During the years of research, he had the privilege to work in some of the most remote and biodiversity-rich areas of many African countries, and he fell in love with Tanzania. He had the opportunity to photographically document many of the visited places and species encountered (secretly he always thought that research was the excuse to spend time in the forest and get paid). Now, as co-CEO of LCA and Africa Program and Research Director of PAMS Foundation, he is committed in biodiversity conservation and help on building in-country conservation capacity.



26 April 2020



Biodiversity and Conservation in Angola

Michael Mills is an ornithologist and conservation biologist who has been working in Angola since 2003. His early work involved exploration and basic biological inventory, and has now moved into the active conservation phase, including reforestation work in association with local communities.

In his talk titled ‘Biodiversity and Conservation in Angola’ Michael will highlight the great variety and uniqueness of Angolan biodiversity, discuss key conservation work being undertaken (including his own) and emphasise conservation priorities for the future. Michael published a book “Biodiversity of Angola. Science & Conservation: A Modern Synthesis” which is available as a free pdf at




28 April 2020





Sangha Pangolin Project – Working with the Ba’aka to protect pangolins in the Central African Republic



Tessa Ullmann is a conservation researcher specialized illegal wildlife trade issues with a background in investigations. She recently completed her MSc degree in conservation and international wildlife trade and has published her research on pangolin scales and estimating global seizures. Tessa is a member of IUCN Species Survival Commission Pangolin Specialist Group and is currently a volunteer with the Sangha Pangolin Project where she is conducting ecological research. She is passionate about community-led conservation strategies that provide positive alternatives to unsustainable and illegal wildlife trade practices in order to effectively protect species, ecosystems, and local livelihoods, and is hopeful about the opportunities in this corner of the Central African Republic.


Dr. Maja Gudehus is a Swiss veterinarian who started her first job in Namibia, working with African wildlife 20 years ago. After getting back to Switzerland to pursue a Doctor degree in small animal surgery, she moved to South Africa in 2014 to work on various research and conservation project. Maja is the Sangha Pangolin Projects Manager and Member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Pangolin Specialist Group. She started to work with pangolins in 2017 when she came to the project founded by Rod and Tamar Cassidy, owner of the Sangha Lodge in the Central African Republic. She has the rare privilege to have been rehabilitating and researching black-bellied and white-bellied pangolins, together with the ba’aka, the forest people to hopefully find some conservation solutions for the most trafficked mammal in the world.




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