How WCT came to be

The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) is an entity born through the efforts of many dedicated people and organisations over the years, all working towards the conservation of endangered and vulnerable animal species.

The Roode family has been actively involved in conservation since the late 1990’s with the opening of the Hoedspruit Cheetah Project (which later changed to The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre/ HESC). Over two decades, HESC has come in contact with countless people, organisations and worthy causes, all sharing one thing in common. An inability to achieve their objectives alone, and all in need of critical partnership of some kind. The WCT is a means of formalising the many connections which have already been successfully facilitated over the years.

WCT was founded as an objective body to activate projects with a focus on the conservation, rehabilitation and protection of wildlife; as well education and training programmes relating to the environment.

Organisations that have already been involved in facilitated projects over the years  include (but are not limited to):

  • Elephants Alive
  • Rhinos in Africa
  • Saving the Survivors
  • ESPU (Endangered Species Protection Unit of the Police)
  • Vets on Call
  • Hlokomela Clinic
  • Department Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences – Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Veterinarian Department of University of Pretoria Onderstepoort
  • Longleat Safari Park
  • Animal Defenders International
  • Rhinos in Africa
  • Empowers Africa
  • IAPF – International Anti-Poaching Foundation
  • Harnas Wildlife Foundation
  • Cheetah Conservation Fund
  • De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre
  • Wildlife Pharmaceuticals

The Wildlife Conservation Trust was registered in 2015 with the Master of the High Court under IT586/2015(3) and is a Public Benefit Organisation, PBO Registration number 930049115.