Care for Wild – United Kingdom

Care For Wild United Kingdom

To better faciliate the support shown by our UK supporters, Care for Wild has registered Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary (UK). Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary (UK) is a registered charity in the United Kingdom and Wales, registered charity number: 1187193. Charitable donations and contributions to CFWRS (UK) can be claimed for tax relief, to the extent allowed by the law.

There are many ways UK-based supporters can donate:

For eligible donations made by UK taxpayers, we encourage you to consider Gift Aid. By completing a Gift Aid declaration, you can boost the value of your donation at no extra cost to you, allowing us to maximize the impact of your support in our rhino conservation efforts.


UK Bank Transfer
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Get Involved Locally!

There are numerous ways to get involved locally in the UK. You can participate in our awareness campaigns, volunteer your time and skills, organize fundraising events, or engage in corporate social responsibility initiatives.


Run for Charity

Run towards the finish line with our partner Run for Charity. Choose a race that’s right for you, from marathons to inflatable races in the UK and overseas challenges, take your pick and we will help you to make your fundraising event a success. As part of our appreciation, we will also provide you with a running top that you can proudly wear during your training sessions and on the day of the event.


Charity Challenge

Choose Care for Wild (UK) on Charity Challenge and contact our UK team when you have secured your place in your next big adventure. Snowdon at Night, Lake District Challenge, Everest Base Camp, Dog Sledging Challenge… Whichever amazing challenge you choose to embark on, we will be here to support you, each step of the way.

Have you secured your own place at an event? Let our UK team know and we’ll support you along the way!


Just Giving

Set up your Just Giving page in just 2 clicks! Click here and press the orange button “Start fundraising”. Remember to add a photo and personalise your story before sharing your page. Tell the world why you are supporting Care For Wild Rhino Sanctuary (UK) and help us raise awareness and funds to support the amazing work our team carries out daily at the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa.

Have you secured your own place at an event? Let our UK team know and we’ll support you along the way!


Join our exciting Fundraising Initiatives Wild Wine Evenings and Wild Rhino Run, anyone can take part, anywhere in the UK throughout the year!

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Our UK Team

We have a passionate and dedicated team based in the UK, working tirelessly to support the sanctuary's initiatives. Our team consists of experienced conservationists, fundraisers, communicators, and administrators who collaborate closely with our counterparts in South Africa. Together, we ensure that your support directly benefits the rhinos in our care and contributes to their long-term survival.


Leo Somers

Community, Events and Fundraising Manager

Leo has always loved animals and nature, growing up on a free-range family farm in the countryside just outside of Paris, France. She spent time travelling between England, the West Indies, Australia and Spain before working as a radio host and organising events in France. After moving to the UK in 2019, she started working in the charity sector, managing multiple fundraising campaigns and events in mental health and climate action. Leo's passion for conservation and animals means she will put her knowledge and professional experience into developing an engaged and sustainable fundraising community for Care For Wild in the UK. In her spare time, Leo likes walking her daughter and dogs in the forest, running and writing children's stories.



Head of Special Events

Anna has always had a love for animals, rescuing and nurturing injured birds from her garden and feeling at peace connected to nature and wildlife. This passion drove her to fundraise and share awareness of endangered species. As a volunteer at Care for Wild, she was able to experience the emotional and physical exertion of caring for rhinos first-hand, as well as understand the stories behind these beautiful and vulnerable orphans. Her experience changed Anna’s life and her passion now is to engage and inspire other people to fight for the survival and protection of this incredible species for future generations.


Sue Allen

Corporate Partnerships

Sue spent over 30 years working in the software and technology advisory sector. She decided to take a career sabbatical in 2018 and unexpectedly ended up doing a few days volunteering at Care for Wild. Care for Wild surpassed all her expectations. Since leaving full-time work at the end of 2021, Sue is now working to find and build relationships with similar-minded organisations to support the ongoing needs of Care for Wild.

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary (UK) Board Members


Bill Barber


Bill’s career background spans 30 years in the food and drinks industries but an introduction to Care for Wild in 2017 led him to become a volunteer and more recently, one of the founding trustees of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary (UK). His experience and expertise in finance and legal matters add to the varied skill sets of our new but highly motivated team based in the UK.


David Lawrence


David holds an Engineering degree and a Diploma in Management Studies as well as a Post-Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, from Cambridge. David became passionate about wildlife conservation during several years working for Guinness in multiple African countries. He fell in love with the mission and vision of Care for Wild when he joined the volunteer programme. He is one of the founding trustees of Care for Wild UK and brings enthusiasm and passion to the new UK team.


Petronel Nieuwoudt

Founder and 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.


Chris de Bruno Austin

Chris de Bruno Austin is a globally recognized forest and wildfire specialist, serving as the MD of WoF International/Kishugu Holdings Limited and CEO of the Kishugu Group of Companies. He led the successful implementation of the South African Government's Working on Fire Programme, renowned for rural job creation. Chris has contributed to international projects, including climate change initiatives, forestry skill development for small-scale farmers, and vegetation management in National Parks. With extensive expertise, he has authored technical papers and fire management plans for notable sites like Ngorongoro, Serengeti, and the Okavango Delta. Chris has played a crucial role in advancing fire management research, including the SavFIRE project in Kruger National Park.

Fundraising, events & volunteering in the UK

Leo Rahban (Community & Fundraising Manager)
Phone: +44 7735 025 310

Anna Gough (Head of Special Events)

Sue Allen (Corporate Partnerships)
Phone: +44 7908 881 195

Bill Barber (Trustee)
Phone: +44 798 508 6908

David Lawrence (Trustee)
Phone: +44 7585 952205

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary (UK) Privacy Policy

Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary (UK) is a registered charity in the United Kingdom and Wales, registered charity number: 1187193. Charitable donations and contributions to CFWRS (UK) can be claimed for tax relief, to the extent allowed by the law.

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