Matthew Thorp was born in Midrand, Gauteng in 1995 and attended Kyalami Preparatory School and later went on to Matriculate at King Edwards VII School in Johannesburg. In 2013 he opted for a gap year and attended and completed a FGASA Limpopo Field Guiding Academy training course at Mabula Game Reserve which reinforced his decision to pursue a career in nature conservation. After his training was complete Matthew decided to backpack through Southern Africa using public transport before working as a field guide. He resigned to study for his National Diploma in Nature Conservation at the Tshwane University of Technology.
Matthew joined Welgevonden in January 2017 to complete his Work Integrated Learning practical year in order to complete his diploma. In August he was appointed as the Elephant Monitor looking at the elephant population structure, how and when elephants move on the Reserve and how they interact with vehicle, persons and infrastructure.
Matthew will be doing his B.Tech Nature Conservation part time next year while working as the Elephant Monitor.