The LEO Team has been brought together by a genuine passion for conservation and sustainable living. Each staff member is extremely dedicated towards our mission and would go the extra mile to achieve our conservation and wildlife monitoring objectives. All the members of the Team are FGASA qualified and have years of experience on the field. We love to share our knowledge with our volunteers and educate them on the bigger conservation issues as well as living a sustainable lifestyle. Our motto is: "together, we can make a difference!".

  • Koos Niemann

    Project Director

    Koos is South African, born in Potgietersrus. He has more than 17 years of experience in the bush and has worked as a reserve manager for a Big 5 reserve, security manager (head of anti-poaching team for a private reserve), and he has been at LEO since 2007.

    Koos has vast experience with wildlife monitoring, game capture, reserve maintenance, alien plant control and tracking animals on foot, He has a deep passion for conservation, anti-poaching, sustainable living and also has a great interest in birding.

    Koos is in charge of the camera trap set up and service within the park. Also known as "Mc Gyver", he recently built his first solar powered car and is working on more, with the aim of reducing the use of fossil fuels, and conduct drives (in the future) using renewable energy.

  • Sabrina Colombo

    Project Manager & Senior Ranger

    Sabrina is from Milan, Italy, and after having played tennis for 20 years at high levels, obtaining a degree in tourism and working in hotels and even organisation, she decided to live the second dream of her life: studying lions and work for conservation. She came to LEO in 2011  as a volunteer and she literally fell in love with lions and the work done by LEO. She decided to go back to Italy, work for some months and come back to South Africa to do her FGASA Studies and become a field guide. She started working at LEO in September 2012 as both a manager and guide. Her main passions are lions, sport, nature, conservation, and in particular reserve maintenance work and sustainable living.  Sabrina has a deep dedication in educating and encouraging volunteers and others to a plastic free life. 

    "Each of us can make a difference to respect our Planet and wildlife!".


Mike Hrusa

Field Guide

Michael was born in South Africa and grew up in Zimbabwe. His passion for nature was instilled in him from a very early age by his uncles. After finishing school he worked on a voluntary basis for a wildlife educational camp in the Zambezi valley area of Zimbabwe. It was here that he developed a greater understanding and respect for wildlife. Michael went on to complete his FGASA field guiding qualification in 2016 and started working in lodges specializing in walking safaris where he gained valuable experience walking in the bush. His move to LEO was accompanied by a growing desire to make a positive impact in conserving the natural areas in which he lives and works as well as protecting their, sometimes critically endangered, inhabitants. 


Paw Patrol


From Left to Right:

Bessie: The queen of the house and head of LEO Africa's base security! Mom  to Trigger and Ranger

Trigger: Too cute but too naughty, Chief of cuddles. 

Ranger: Handsome and energetic; can catch every ball. The playboy of the pair. 

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LEO Africa,
Hoopdal 96 KQ, Rooiberg Road 



South Africa

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TEL: +27 79 8772717   

E-MAIL: enquiries@leoafrica.org


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