Khumiso Cosmos (KC) Rathipana

Trustee, Conservation Scientist. Cosmos attained his Diploma in Wildlife Management in 1998 from Mweka College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania. He has worked for the Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Botswana for over 30 years. Most of his work experience entailed Community-Based Natural Resource Management, Extension, and Environmental Education and has vast experience working with communities and school groups – both formally and informally – on matters relating to environmental conservation. 

Dikatholo (Dix) Kedikilwe

Board Chair, Trustee, and Community Director. Dix is a member of the Bayei Tribe from Sankoyo and a board member of the Sankoyo Tshwaragano Management Trust. Having lived his whole life surrounded by animals, Dix has extensive knowledge of the natural history of the Delta. He has done research with large-sized predators (lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs and cheetah) and has an Assistant Field Guide certification.

Kaggie Orrick

Kaggie is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University where her studies focus on Human/Wildlife Conflict in the Makgadikgadi/Nxai Pans of Botswana. She received a MA in Conservation Biology at Columbia University in 2015. Her thesis focused on anthropogenic features that influence elephant movement. She earned a BA in Environmental Studies from Colby College in 2010, and during her time at Colby she was a Round River student in Namibia in 2008. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she spent three years in South Africa working on a private game reserve, conducting large carnivore research. Kaggie has been working with Round River in Botswana since September 2015.

Dennis Sizemore

Trustee. Dennis holds a BS from New Mexico State University in Wildlife Science and an MS from the University of Montana in Wildlife Ecology. His 40 years of conservation work experience includes law enforcement, management, education, and research. A co-founder of Round River Conservation Studies, Dennis has served as the organization’s executive director since its inception in 1991. Dennis is a former President of The Wildlands Project and currently serves as Vice President of the Taku-Atlin Conservancy and as a board member of the Pax Natura Foundation.

Round River Botswana Trust

Maun, Botswana