Adrian Carr - Chairman
Adrian was born in nearby Chipata 60 years ago and has lived most of his life in the Luangwa Valley. With an intimate knowlege of the area he has some understanding of the complex issues that surround community, conservation and wildlife. He is the son of the late Norman carr, a well known and respected conservationist. he has travelled and worked widely in wildlife areas throughout Africa and has chose Luangwa as his home.
Carol Van Bruggen-Kuhn - Treasurer
Carol is a Certified Financial Planner, and a partner in the firm of Foord, Van Bruggen, Ebersole, and Pajak Financial Services in Sacramento, California and has been a consultant to business and professional clients for over 26 years. She has co-authored three financial books and is in the process of publishing another one about the plight of the African Elephant. She is on the board of Capital Public Radio, (a National Public Radio affiliate) and serves as treasurer. Carol is on the advisory board for the Endowment program of the Cheetah Conservation Society, She has served on numerous boards over the years and first travelled to Africa in 2001 returning to Zambia twice a year for over 14 years to support numerous projects throughout the country.
Carol founded Africa Hope Fund in 2008 and has served as its CEO since its inception. AHF supports conservation and education programs and its mission is to educate the next generation of young Africans to ensure their future by protecting their wildlife and natural resources
Ed Selfe - Secretary
Edward was born and brought up in the beautiful county of Dorset on England’s south coast. From a young age, the outdoors formed a large part of his life, and observing nature on walks with the family dogs was a enjoyable part of a routine day. As did so many, Edward loved Attenborough’s documentaries, admiring the genius of the man and yearning for the stunning locations that he explored. But it was the wildlife of Africa - and particularly the varied and interesting habitats of the bush – that most captured his imagination.
Imagining that jobs in Africa were for Africans, he pursued a normal life, taking A-levels, a degree (in Economics of all things!) and then starting work in the city. After beginning a corporate job and quitting soon after due to a mis-match of expectations, Edward took a year off to fill time until he started a second graduate training program. This year extended considerably, and he has now been living in Luangwa since 2009! Starting out as a management assistant at a well-known camp, he spent 5 years learning the tourism and hospitality industry, qualifying as a both a driving and walking guide and building a following for his passion – leading photographic safaris.
He has since set up and now runs his own small safari business offering photographic safaris to clients from across the world. His specialist areas are photography, birds, large mammal behaviour and walking safaris. His wife and 2-year-old daughter live with him in the bush.
Steve and Anna Tolan
Steve and Anna Tolan have a seat on the CSL Board representing Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust. They are the Founding Directors of Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, a conservation education NGO established in 1998 for the youth and community of South Luangwa. Before emigrating to Zambia they were both long serving Police Officers in the UK but in their private lives wild Africa was their passion. They travelled extensively across Eastern and Southern Africa before choosing Zambia to settle in. They have devoted their lives lives to conserving the wildlife and natural environment of South Luangwa and to helping the communities that live alongside the Park. Steve is a Senior Honorary Wildlife Police Officer for the area. He is also passionate about the fossils and assists palaeontologists around the world in their research and helps co-ordinate expeditions within Zambia. In addition Steve and Anna run a small animal rehabilitation facility, with the aim of reintroducing all rescued animals back to the wild.
Nick arrived in the Luangwa Valley in the early 1990's and, as a resident of the area, was involved in tourism and wildlife conservation for over 10 years. In 2002 he and his wife moved to Lusaka where they still reside, in 2009 he established a successful destination management company called Zambian Ground Handlers which co-ordinates trips throughout Zambia for tourists from around the world. Nick first became involved in SLCS whilst living in the Luangwa but since moving to Lusaka he plays more of a role in the administrative support that the society requires in town.
Jake de Motta
Jake held the position of CSL Chairman for many years and recently stood down but remains a board member and staunch supporter of the organization. He obtained a degree in ecology before coming out to Zambia in the mid 80's to work in the wildlife and tourism industry. Jake founded Flatdogs Camp and helped to set up RATZ which subsequently became SLCS. Jake spent many years living and working in Luangwa Valley and now resides in Lusaka with his family.
Nathalie Boulle has been an active participant in wildlife conservation and management related initiatives worldwide and is currently a member of several advisory groups for BirdLife International.
She spends a considerable period of time each year in the South Luangwa National Park and is involved with several conservation and community support initiatives in the region.
Nathalie has been recognized for her contributions and achievements in the field of conservation through the award of the BirdLife President’s Medal.
Born and raised in Kenya, Hassan is a conservationist with 18 years of experience. His mission is to strengthen conservation management and financing strategies in Africa. Hassan has lived and worked in Tanzania’s Selous and Tarangire ecosystems, Kenya’s Laikipia and Tsavo ecosystems, and now lives in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley. Hassan is Managing Director of BCP (BioCarbon Partners). He holds PhD and MSc degrees from Oxford University, and a BA from Middlebury College. His scientific work has been published in journals including Ecosystem Services, Oryx, Conservation Biology and Current Conservation. Hassan is a gazetted Honorary Wildlife Police Officer in Zambia, and holds a commercial pilot’s license. Hassan is also on the Boards of the Baraka Foundation, Conservation Lower Zambezi and is a member of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group.
I was born and bred in Zimbabwe and have always had a strong affinity for the bush, spending many hours immersed in the boyhood pursuits of hunting and fishing. After finishing school and doing a gap year in Central America, I completed a BSc (Hons) in Wildlife and Agribusiness from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
After university I attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and commissioned as a British Army officer serving as an Infantry Officer in both the Parachute and Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. I resigned my commission as a Captain in 2006, my desire to return to Africa called and it was time to return home and finally work in the industry about which I have always been so passionate.
The Luangwa Valley in Zambia had always held a huge appeal for me since being told about it as a boy; stories about the beauty of the place, the teeming wildlife and the fact that it was still very much undiscovered. When the opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the prospect of finally working in the Valley and experiencing it for myself. I am currently the Managing Director of Norman Carr Safaris based at our main camp Kapani with my wife Kate and our two daughters.
Luckily I still manage to find time to pursue my passion for the bush; I have a Grade 1 Professional Walking Guides License for the South Luangwa and I am an Honorary Ranger, appointed by the Zambian Wildlife Authority to help conserve this unique part of Africa. I also sit on the board of trustees of the South Luangwa Conservation Society which is an incredible NGO responsible for snare removal, education and anti poaching operations in the South Luangwa National Park.
Derek was born in Zambia and comes from a prominent Mkushi farming family with a strong background in wildlife conservation. He runs two camps in South Luangwa National Park and spends approximately half of the year in the Valley and the other half in Lusaka with his family.
Chris is a confirmed Africaphile having first visited Zambia as a teenager in the early 1980s. A weekend visit to South Luangwa National Park proved to be life changing and Chris came back to work at one of the safari camps between leaving school and going to university in the hope of getting Africa out of his system. It didn't work. He came back to Luangwa after university and spent the best part of two years running camps and guiding safaris before returning to the UK and, after a stint work for a travel agency in London, setting up Wildlife Worldwide in 1992 - a specialist tour operator. Wildlife Worldwide, based in Winchester, England, is now one of the worlds leading wildlife travel companies and is part of a wider group of travel businesses (that Chris also established) called The Natural Travel Collection which includes Dive Worldwide and Schools Worldwide.
Chris is a committed conservationist who travels the world to find the best wildlife areas, lodges and guides to promote to Wildlife Worldwide clients and he regularly returns to Zambia and Luangwa with clients.