Petronel Nieuwoud, Founder & CEO
Petronel Nieuwoudt, the Founder and CEO of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, has dedicated her life to wildlife conservation. After her studies, Petronel joined the South African Police Service's Endangered Species Protection Unit, where she rose to the rank of Captain. She later established The Game Capture School, providing training in wildlife capture and management. Passionate about wildlife rehabilitation, she founded Sondela Wildlife Centre and Tamboti Wildlife Centre. In 2011, Petronel founded Care for Wild Africa, a rehabilitation centre for indigenous wildlife. As the rhino poaching crisis developed, Care for Wild evolved into the world’s largest specialised orphaned, rhino sanctuary. Petronel's community-focused and sustainable vision has brought opportunities to the local community, addressing socio-economic challenges. Petronel's mission protects rhinos and people alike, ensuring a better future for generations to come.