Willem Daniel Briers-Louw
(2018 – present) Willem was born and raised in South Africa. His passion for wildlife conservation started at a young age as he was exposed to several wildlife areas in the country. Willem studied a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. For his final year project, Willem collaborated with the Cape Leopard Trust and conducted an intensive camera trap survey on the elusive Cape leopard in the Boland Mountain region. In 2016, Willem decided to continue his studies and travelled to Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi for part of his Master’s degree. This thesis investigated the diet, spatial ecology and population dynamics of reintroduced lion and leopard, as well as resident spotted hyena. Another part of this study looked at the success of the lion and leopard reintroductions into Majete. Next, Willem worked on a contractual basis for the Cape Leopard Trust, contributing towards a dietary analysis of the Cape leopard in the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa.
Willem started working at CCF in January 2018. He aims to contribute towards the conservation of Namibia’s wildlife by integrating ecological and social research to better understand animal ecology and mitigate human-predator conflict.