Mission


We are working on artificial intelligence (AI) predator facial recognition software that will enable fast, efficient, and practical identification of the world’s predators. This will enable the creation of a secure worldwide predator database.

The database will be a secure management tool whereby wardens, landowners, scientists, governmental bodies, and others can form a deeper understanding of a specific region’s biodiversity.

This information can be used to create and promote informative decisions on an ecosystem’s health. This tool will ultimately improve the condition of our environments.



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L.F.J. Kotze WWP Director

I was born in Rustenburg North-West province South Africa. As a child my passion started for conservation going to Kruger National Park with my grandparents and family. I started studies to become a Field Guide in 2000 and landed my first career position in the Waterberg by 2001. I worked as a guide for a few years before managing private and commercial lodges by 2003. In 2009 I moved to the lowveld and went back to guiding. This is where the real passion started for doing more conservation in the Greater Kruger National Park area. In 2011 I started a new position as reserve manager in the Associated Private Nature Reserve (APNR) and by this time really understood the need for predator research in this area and the world.

Predators were exceedingly difficult to monitor out of a helicopter and most of the time they are active a night. I had to design a way to do a non-intrusive monitoring with as little as possible interaction. The second problem was staff to help in this colossus task. This made us look at technology development and artificial intelligence to help.

I started a monitoring group called Predators Project on WhatsApp to help me understand the huge area of more than 2,200 000 Ha Greater Kruger National Park, Limpopo Transfrontier Park and APNR, predator movement, numbers, and behaviour. In the beginning it was quite easy to handle the amount of data that was collected. This grew over night into just over 150 guides, landowners, wardens, and community enthusiasts that send data daily. We were in desperate need of assistance and so the start of the World Wide Predators Non-Profit Company, with responsible internships, volunteering, tourism, community monitoring, technology development and education. The wheel was turning fast, and we had to look at sustainability and responsible conservation to make sure we always do the right thing. In 2017 I finally registered the World Wide Predators Non-Profit Company to get the foundation in place for the future of global predator monitoring. We developed our website, appointed directors of the company and currently, 2020, in full development of our monitoring application we would use in our cause for global predator monitoring.
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N. Kotze WWP Director

I was born in a small town called Hartswater and then moved to Vereeniging when I was only 5 years old. Ever since I was a child I was fascinated with nature and how special every part of the ecosystem fits together.

After high school, I studied to become a professional chef, I was placed in the Greater Kruger National Park for my practical assessment. When I arrived, my dream became a reality, being surrounded by nature is more than I could ask for. I then I decided to buy myself a camera to pursue my love for nature. When I took my first picture of an Impala I knew that this is what I want to do, the idea of waiting in an animal sighting to photograph that specific moment and sometimes waiting months even years for the best picture just makes me excited every time. From the smallest insects and plants to the quite common Impala as well as the majestic Elephant is always a bliss to photograph as every single moment is different and unpredictable. Nature is special in every aspect you can imagine.

In 2017 I was appointed to become a director of the World Wide Predators Non-Profit Company, this is an important role I can play in conservation and help with my passion for photography.

I now own my own photography company called "Natasha Kotze Photography". I specialise in wildlife photography and lodge photography. A wise photographer, Peter Lindbergh, once said “Photography gives you the opportunity to use your sensibility and everything you are to say something about and be part of the world around you. In this way, you might discover who you are, and with a little luck, you might discover something much larger than yourself.”
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J.C.J. Kotze WWP Director

I completed my secondary school in Springs Eastern Transvaal now called Gauteng. Military service was compulsory and was selected to report to the Engineering corps in Kroonstad where I completed an instructor course. I did seven camps which included two border duties.

I worked at Anglo gold and platinum mines during my careers and retired as a production overseer. I have completed a programme at the University of Witwatersrand, I am a qualified first aider and a responsible person that believes in a Healthy and Clean Environment.

Holidays during my working career was spent in the bush, national parks, and lodges. Wildlife is my passion and it is a privilege to be part of World Wild Predators NPC as a Director.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Values


Inclusive: We want to encourage the sharing of knowledge. So many different organizations are collecting data on predators. If we can open doors and share data with these organizations, everyone will be able to benefit, by creating more intensive and detailed analysis on the global predators.

Education: We strive to educate and support all the members that choose to work with us. The time and effort people donate to us is priceless and in return we want to help them grow, so they can achieve their goals.

Transformative: The world is moving fast and technology is changing the way we work. We encourage change and embrace the impact technology can have on our scientific research. We strive to be as adaptive and flexible as possible, to enable an efficient working environment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


"Leaders don’t force people to follow
They invite them on a journey"