MJ Grobler

Snare Patrol Officer: MJ Grobler
Snare Patrol Officer: MJ Grobler

MJ completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University in 2016. His Honours project involved the implementation of mycorrhizal fungi as a strategy to promote more sustainable agricultural practices through active and passive soil restoration.

His passion for all things natural has lead him to explore various roles within the conservation sector of the Western Cape since his graduation. He is an avid outdoorsman, spending most of his free time hiking and exploring the natural beauty of the Cape Floristic Region.

He first joined our team as an intern with our Environmental Education program before stepping into his new role as Snare Patrol Officer for the Boland region.

This project follows on from our research collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch (2017-2018) which investigated several human-related threats to leopard and their prey species, particularly hunting with illegal snares and the factors driving this behaviour.

This new roll mainly involves active field patrols aimed at snare detection, removal and data collection on private property adjacent to Protected Areas in the Boland Mountain Complex.

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