Christian Du Plessis

Trainee wildlife monitor for Khwai - Tau Camp

My passion is the pristine, the untouched raw goodness that is both a wise teacher as well as a tough examiner.

Growing up in Botswana i was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to experience the majesty of nature from a young age. Some of my first recollections were of whispering trees and charging elephants. Growing up on a farm outside Gaborone, I went on safaris with my father often and always had a zest for exploration and adventure. This carried with me into high school where I hiked the mountains of the western cape and played rugby while boarding at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch. After high school I worked on mobile safaris in the Chobe National Park and a few other “in the field” jobs.

In 2014 my dreams of being involved in the conservation effort of Botswana were realized as I took part in my first “Spoor” Count in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve as part of an animal populations survey. Shortly after this by pure fate I was put in contact with Wildlife ACT and became aware of their mission which I agreed with and saw opportunity to help my country Botswana and her wildlife as a whole.

I am currently happily based at Wildlife ACT’s Tau camp in the NG18 concession and am studying a degree in zoology and botany at the same time as following my particular interests of medicinal plants and tracking.