About Us

Ashely Kellar

Program Director

In 2012, Ashely volunteered on the Safari4u Conservation Program. She enjoyed working hands-on with African wildlife and saw a huge need for veterinary care in the local villages. In 2013, together with the owner of the conservation program, she designed and implemented a new veterinary program in Chintsa now known as the Vet Experience program. Over the years, volunteers have been able to reach all corners of the Eastern Cape and thousands of animals have received critical vet care. To accommodate more specific interests, a Game Capture program was implemented in 2017 followed by a Vet Student program in 2018.

International veterinary experience, animal handling, non-profit clinic, hands-on volunteer opportunity

Alex Tweedie

Program Coordinator

Alex moved to South Africa in 2009 to work with wildlife after serving as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy. Before joining the Safari4uVet team in 2015, she certified as an Advanced Field Guide and in Reserve Management whilst working with several volunteer research groups on Big 5 reserves. Alex specialized in the population, identification and management of Spotted Hyena, but she’s also spent time working with rescued chimpanzees and has been heavily involved in the frontline of protection of rhinoceros.

In her downtime, Alex can be found playing with her Jack Russell, Squigs. She also likes to practice photography, astronomy and further her knowledge of conservation. Alex enjoys participating in game captures and enriching lives of captive wild animals as well as offering her extensive knowledge of African plant and animal species.

Volunteer vet students treating and dipping dogs for veterinary experience in a local South African village

Lanielle De Roubiax

Program Coordinator

Lanielle was born and raised in East London, South Africa. After matriculating in 2013, she went to Nelson Mandela University and qualified in Wildlife Management. She also completed other courses such as Game Health, Genetics, Game Capture, Hunting and Field Guiding (FGASA) in this time.

Lanielle joined the Safari4uVet team in 2017 when she moved back home after working on a number of game farms in the Eastern Cape. Lanielle loves hands-on work with animals and is her goal is eventually owning a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Breeding Centre and a Rhino Orphanage.

In her spare time, Lanielle enjoys adventures, playing guitar and singing, playing sports such as squash and rowing, spending time with her family, and going out with students who she calls her new life-long friends.

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Button

Button invited himself into the volunteer house after one of our housecats, Snowflake went on an adventure with the local feral cats for a few weeks. He is very scared of people but slowly easing into house life by daily socialization with Alex, who he loves chatting with. His favourite toys are dry leaves.

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Zeus

Our big teddy bear guard dog loves any sort of attention… even if it means squashing the other dogs. He looks scary but he loves having pats, brushes and showing you he can sit. Zeus’ favorite toy is whatever you’re currently holding.

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Squigs

Squigs decided to change owners after inviting herself into Alex’s cabin during a wildlife course. When her previous owner moved jobs, she thought it best for “Squiggles” to stay with someone who could cope with her fetch obsession – if you throw the ball, you’ve made a friend for life. Squigs has had a few medical issues of late but she sees it as helping the students learn how to cope with a wriggly patient.

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Scud

Ashely rescued Scud from a township in 2013 when he was a malnourished, flea-infested, mangy little puppy. He has since found a home with Mark, one of the locals, and visits us regularly. Scud loves bringing sticks to you to throw for him and chasing sand blowing around on the beach.

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Safari4u Veterinary Program

106 Barracuda Street, Chintsa East, South Africa 5275

PO Box 422 Kwelera, Eastern Cape, South Africa 5259

+27 (0)81 814 9917

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