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Dean Carlisle

Founder and CEO of LiC, 23-year-old Dean Carlisle, has proven himself to be a natural leader driven by a great passion for wildlife.

Lucky enough to be born and raised at Andbeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Dean was exposed to conservation from a very young age. He attended Uplands College in Mpumalanga where he thrived academically as well as on the sports field. In his final year (2014), Dean was elected as Deputy Head Boy, and captained both the first cricket and hockey team.

After this illustrious school career, it is no surprise that Dean also excelled at the University of Pretoria. Serving two terms for his residence on the Electoral Committee and a role in the Leadership Committee kept him busy, but he still graduated with distinction. Dean finished his university career with honours in BSc in Zoology.

One would think that there would be little time left in between all of these achievements, but Dean has still managed to prioritise the pursuit of his passions.

At his home ground, Phinda Private Game Reserve, he has been a part of various conservation projects and activities. Dean has been involved in projects such as leopard immobilisation; de-horning, notching and capture of rhinos, as well as cheetah immobilisation. These experiences have equipped him for work further afield, allowing him to partake in black rhino relocations at Dinokeng Game Reserve; lion translocations at Bongani Game Reserve and crocodile capture in the Olifants River. Traveling to a number of different wildlife sanctuaries throughout Africa such as Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania allowed Dean the opportunity to experience nature and wildlife in its most raw and natural form.

These incredible experiences have spurred on Dean’s passion for the wild, and it is this passion coupled with an impressive work ethic and a love for people, that leads us to believe that LiC could not be in better or more capable hands.


– Serah Barry

 To get in touch with dean directly you can email dean@lessonsinconservation.com


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