The LiC Footprint

Lessons in Conservation have 7 operating teams across 4 different countries! Click the red dots on the map to find out more about each team and their operations.

We have also completed lessons in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but do not have teams in these two countries.

Directors 

Dean Carlisle

Founder & CEO

From the time I was able to put together my own dreams, I knew that wildlife would be involved. Having had the incredible privilege of spending the first few years of my life at Phinda Private Game Reserve, with one of South Africa’s foremost conservationists as my father, I was afforded experiences that most children only read about. While conducting my honours degree in Zoology, I started to realise that my love for wildlife was fostered through first-hand experiences and the ability to acquire knowledge about the things that interested me most. Lessons in Conservation was created to share that knowledge, create awareness and facilitate exposure to children from underprivileged communities in the hope that the fire which burns so bright for conservation in us, may be sparked in them too. 

Eugene Greyling

Managing Director

I have always had a love for all things nature and conservation orientated. I also enjoy seeing people grow and develop as they fulfil their wildest dreams and make the most of every opportunity that life affords them. I first became involved in LiC as the Western Cape Regional Manager. Currently, I am a postgraduate student doing research on leopards of the Cape, and also a volunteer wildland firefighter. Whilst obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University, I came to realise that the ecosystem is far to diverse and complex for any single management approach to be applied across the board and make a significant long-term impact. I believe that the biggest influence we can have is by targeted education in communities where we can plant a seed that will drive local change – tackling problems using locally crafted solutions. 

Stefan Toerien

Financial Manager & Director

I spent most of my childhood touring southern Africa, particularly spending time in the Lowveld and northern Botswana. This cemented my love for conservation and opened my eyes to how crucial it is to protect our natural world. Living in a Big 5 Game Reserve during my high school days, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of LiC and to influence children’s perception about conservation. 

Alex Goddard

Operational Manager & Director

I am currently studying at the University of Pretoria towards an LLB degree following my graduation with a BCom Law in 2019. I have a strong passion for the environment which has grown from hobbies such as fishing and hiking as well as many Kruger holidays. I aspire to one day work in a career that allows me to combine and explore my passion for people, the environment and the law. It has been quite a journey with LiC thus far and it is something I feel blessed to have played a small part in. I cannot wait for what the next few years have in store for the hardworking LiC family I am lucky enough to be a part of. 

Our Teams

MANTRA

Serving to save

MISSION

To create a long-lasting platform that raises awareness about conservation in rural communities.  

To educate children from underprivileged communities that have limited access to information. The children will be taught basic ecological principles and the importance of conservation.

To create a connection between people and wildlife through first-hand engagement on educational excursions to reserves. This will be done by taking the children on game drives.

To raise money to fund FGASA courses for identified outstanding students. FGASA courses will enable these students to become qualified game rangers and find continuous employment. The learners receiving these bursaries will be encouraged to return to LiC and teach the new generation in underprivileged areas.