"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke
Rory Young Chengeta Wildlife Co-founder
Pro Guide, Ranger, Anti-poaching Strategist/Trainer, Author. Young is an expert tracker with amazing knowledge, skills and highly developed intuition to become one of the best in his field. Young has dedicated his life to wildlife protection. Young co-authored, A Field Manual For Anti-Poaching Activities, a guide that provides workable solutions to poaching.
Lisa Groeneweg Co-founder, Director
Groeneweg has worked as a programmer, bank software programmer/customer service representative to 90 banks in the Midwest, payroll service provider, small business manager until she and her husband co-founded their successful business which they run together. She is best known for her positive outlook and make-it-happen attitude.
Kristen Kurczak Nightingale Director
With extensive experience working on conservation and agricultural development issues in Africa, Kristen has held leadership roles and advised clients in the UN System, the World Bank Group, multinational corporations, investment firms, and environmental NGOs. She is the Founder and Principal of Nightingale & Company.
Jenny Luke Director
Jenny Luke is a Zimbabwean farmers wife|massage therapist currently living and working in the UK. She has a burning passion for the African bush and wildlife. With the rampant destruction of the wildlife sweeping through the continent she has become a dedicated activist taking a stand through blogging and poetry. "Courage does not have to be a gigantic roar."
Mark Thorpe Director
Mark Thorpe is an Emmy Award and International Film Festival winning underwater and wildlife filmmaker. Previous to his current freelance endeavours he was a field producer / cameraman for National Geographic and other leading production and broadcast entities. He now focuses his work on conservation issues facing all aspects of the natural world.
Joe Chernov Director
Joe Chernov is an award-winning marketer and popular blogger. He also makes time to contribute to conservation-related causes, first by co-producing "Shark Attack," one of the Web’s most popular infographics, and more recently “The True Cost of Ivory Trinkets,” which brought him in contact with Chengeta Wildlife.
Ben Fraser Secretary
Indiana University Alumni, graduated 2010 (Geography, Urban Ecology, Environmental Management)
Currently attending graduate school in Urban and Regional Planning.
Kyle Murao Treasurer
Kyle Murao works in finance and corporate development for a biopharmaceutical company. He has a degree in economics from the University of Chicago and spent one year studying at the Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris.
WHO WE WORK WITH
"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way." - Martin Luther King Jr.
We train those who are wildlife's first line of defense against poachers and poaching syndicates. During our training operations one group of rangers arrested 81 poachers in 12 days.
Chengeta Wildlife is an organization run by passionate volunteers from all over the world, pooling their skills & resources.