Advisors to the Board
Dr Jill Drake
Friends of Free Wildlife are thrilled to announce that Dr Jill Drake has accepted our invitation to be our veterinary advisor to the Board.
Jill qualified as a veterinarian in 1990. She worked in private practice from 1990 to 2011, the last 14 years in her own practice. During that time she was an advisor and board member of FreeMe and treated many different wildlife species.
In April 2012 she joined the Dental and Maxillofacial Clinic at Onderstepoort Veterinary Hospital where she works with Dr Gerhard Steenkamp on a part-time basis.
Jill has a special interest in cats, as well as wildlife, in particular, hedgehogs and has been rescuing, treating and rehabilitating them since 1992.
She is currently investigating dental and oral disease in hedgehog species found in South Africa as well as those in the Middle East. Jill is also a long serving board member of the SA Guide Dog Association.
Welcome Jill, we look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.
We would like to introduce Geoff Lockwood as another valued member of the Advisory Panel to Free Wildlife.
We are thrilled that he is again part of our wildlife rehabilitation team.
Geoff was involved with FreeMe from 1997 and was an integral part of that team; offering expert advice on many different and unusual species.
Geoff ‘s interest and involvement with birds dates back to his early years at school and forms part of a wider interest in the biodiversity of the Southern African sub-region. After leaving school, he began a career as a bird artist, illustrator, and author. In 1981, he published Garden Birds of Southern Africa and later also contributed half the illustrations to the 5th and 6th editions of Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa.
Geoff is currently based at the Delta Environmental Centre in Johannesburg where he acts as part-time manager and education officer. For the past 30 years he has been involved with local birding organizations and has served on the Council of the Southern African Ornithological Society—now Birdlife South Africa (BLSA), for most of that time. He travels widely in the region, presenting lectures, talks, and courses on bird identification, ecology, and behaviour, and is also involved in the training of local bird guides as part of a BLSA initiative to give communities a vested interest in the conservation of their local birds. With 870 species listed within southern Africa, Geoff is amongst the region's top birders.
Welcome Geoff, we look forward to a long and rewarding relationship.