WHO WE ARE
The Mingati Wildlife Foundation was started by three passionate like minded conservationists who want to make a long term tangible difference to remote wildlife regions and surrounding communities. We believe in creating long lasting projects that affect positive change for both wildlife and the people in these remote regions.
The MWF projects and initiatives that we support are carefully vetted to ensure legitimacy and transparency in all of our dealings. The Majority of our projects take place in areas that have long been forgotten by the tourism industry and have little or no support from International or local markets
The Mingati Wildlife Foundation (MWF) was borne by a need to tell stories from the African Continent that never make it to mainstream media. What started as a passion project to conserve Africa’s wildlife with authentic boots on the ground initiatives led us to evolve into the next phase of our exciting metamorphosis.
Antje knew from a young age that a 9-5 office job was never going to work for her! Having spent her childhood on a farm outside the small coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, she grew up riding horses and working alongside her mother on a cattle farm. Her love for the outdoors is only superseded by her love for wildlife and the people of Africa.
Having worked with giants such as National Geographic, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, she has been fortunate to be on the frontlines of some great conservation initiatives through the years.
Antje is passionate about resolving human-wildlife conflict and telling the stories of the people and the wildlife in the regions in which the Mingati Wildlife Foundation operates.
It is through these stories that she believes that the Mingati Wildlife Foundation can make a tangible difference to both people and wildlife.
As an amateur photographer, you can often find her bumbling around the African Bushveld with her camera in hand and an ice cold Gin & Tonic nearby.
With over 16 years of safari and private guiding experience, Martin is the quintessential "Safari Addict". Martin takes a unique and holistic approach to everything in life, from tracking big cats on foot to relaxing with a glass of red wine around the fire and talking conservation, everything is done in a Uniquely Martin fashion.
His travels have taken him all over the world, where he has formed lasting relationships with everyone who crosses his path. In 2019 Martin was inducted into a Masai Tribe for his exceptional and unwavering support to conservation in East Africa. He is one of a select few "outsiders" to hold this privilege.
With a Military background, Martin has been integral to establishing a number of Anti-Poaching units throughout Southern and East Africa, facilitating training and skills development on the ground.
Having lived in Hoedspruit, the gateway to the Timbavati and Kruger National park for 10 years he has been actively involved with many conservation efforts, from Rhino Dehorning, Wild Dog relocations, snare removals, Elephant Collarings and more.
Martin speaks 5 African languages fluently and has an incredible insight to local customs and traditions, which means he is the man to call when we need to liaise with the local community elders on our programs.
A nomad at heart, it has taken a very special place to make Rox put down roots and call the Greater Mapungubwe area home. Having been born in Barbados, and spending a childhood on the move between East and Central Africa, South-East Asia, and the UK, Rox moved to the northern reaches of Limpopo Province in 2004 and has been here ever since.
Combining an unusual background of farming and of large carnivore conservation, she is passionate about mitigating conflict between humans and wildlife. There was a pivotal moment in her early teens, bouncing around in the back of a dusty Land Rover in Malawi, that she knew a career in wildlife conservation in Africa was her only option. By farming herself with livestock in the area in which she works and lives, she has a deep understanding of the challenges the people living and making their livelihoods alongside these large carnivores face and, as such, is uniquely placed to help them achieve their goals in a wildlife friendly manner.
With a deep passion for non-invasive survey techniques of wild animals, Rox was one of the original pioneers of the use of scat detection dogs in Africa. This is a method that allows scientists to effectively survey whole populations of a species without disrupting their daily lives. It is a huge advancement in wildlife research that allows the collection of valuable data without risk to the animals in question.
As you sit in her somewhat dusty and chaotic house with a cup of tea, and it is always a perfectly brewed cup, there is a photograph of a rather dirty small child crouched down next to a sleeping lion. Before 2 years of age, her daughter had come on her first Lion darting when a GPS collar was fitted for his protection. If you ask why she does what she does, it is because she cannot stand the thought of her children one day asking her why there are no longer Lions here, when they remember them from their childhood. Ask her if this incredible population of wild Lions on private land will disappear in her lifetime, and the answer will be a resounding “Not on my watch!”
A proud First Nations man, Raven was raised in the temperate rain forest of Canada’s northwest coast, hunting and fishing as part of his heritage. Raven maintains a strong awareness of indigenous people’s connection to the land, and the necessity of conservation to sustain their cultures. With over a decade of tactical experience, Raven seeks to empower indigenous men with the ability to take up wildlife conservation and assert their place as stewards of the land.
As a veteran, Raven is constantly enhancing his ability to serve the community, and in doing so, found himself studying Investigation and Enforcement at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He was then made investigator at his Band’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement. In this position he conducted several investigations into wildlife crime both on land, and at sea. In this role Raven would learn the sensitivities of Nation to First Nation relationships regarding the rights of Indigenous People to the land.
Raven has also volunteered extensively with various Anti-poaching Units throughout South Africa. Offering his experience as a reconnaissance specialist, and investigator to assist in the collection of information critical to the prevention of wildlife crime, and the disruption of poaching efforts. He appreciates that our natural heritage is a global one, and that we all share responsibility to mother earth.
Now, as a member of the Mingati Wildlife Foundation, Raven hopes to spread awareness of the plight of Africa’s wildlife, and generate support for the teams that dedicate their lives to conservation, and ensuring that we may enjoy the wild for many generations to come.
From a young age, Cara dreamed of educating youth around the globe. Her patient and compassionate nature has allowed her to excel as an educator, finding unique and interesting ways to employ her skills. After attaining her degree in Elementary Education, Cara relocated to the remote North, settling in an isolated Canadian First Nations Community. Here she spent five years teaching at the local elementary school and developed a number of after school and community projects, including reading, music, art, leadership, and community gardening clubs. Her love of literature and art also inspired her to become a self-published author and children’s book illustrator.
After five years of teaching, Cara established two successful businesses in Terrace, British Columbia. For four years, she ran her home business, Anam Cara Healing House, focused on holistic health and essential oil education. She also established her own tutoring business, working one on one with students of all ages. She has merged her passions for natural health and education, and continues to run these businesses online. She was introduced to Mingati Wildlife Foundation by her partner, Anti-Poaching Ranger, Raven Bingham.
My passion for conservation started in 2013 when I did vacation work for Green Dogs Conservation for the first time. I started studying Biological Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2015 and I completed my BSc Honours (Animal, Plant, and Environmental Sciences) in 2018. I wrote my Honours thesis on the Effectiveness of Livestock Guardian Dogs in Limpopo, South Africa.
I have a passion for Behavioural Ecology and Animal Behaviour to be used pragmatically to help conserve species. I am currently studying dog behaviour with the Ethology academy. When I am not doing research, I work as a trainer at Manderston Canine Academy. I am a firm believer that there needs to be open and honest discussions with everybody that could be affected by conservation actions. This is crucial when it could infringe on cultural beliefs and practices that have been alive for centuries. I feel everyone needs to have access to the work that field ecologists are performing, and I hope to bring this to life through The Mingati Wildlife Foundation. I hope through this, we can bring about practical, working changes for our animals, ecosystems and people.