Chief Operating Officer
André was born in Johannesburg and matriculated from Blairgowrie High School in 1986. After school he completed a B.Sc degree in Zoology and Botany, as well as a B.Sc Honours degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria. He spent 3 years in the Kruger National Parks studying the nutritional ecology of bushbuck and nyala. Thereafter he worked for a private landowner in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve for a little over 3 years, managing the property and camp, taking out childrens’ educational groups, guiding and hosting the owner’s guests.
André joined Welgevonden in June 1997 as Conservation Officer later becoming the Conservation Manager for the Reserve. He has also stood in as Acting General Manager. He is involved directly or indirectly in most aspects of the Reserves management and currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer.