About Us

Dennis Taylor

Founder and CEO

Safari4u began as a conservation project in 2005. In 2013, Dennis worked with Ashely Kellar, the current Program Director, to transform that project into the veterinary program that it is today. Dennis has 20 years of experience in conservation management and is an accredited trainer for the Field Guide Association South Africa (FGASA). He has a Bachelor of Science in Botany and in Zoology, as well as a FGASA Level 3 certification with Special Knowledge and Skills in Dangerous Animals.

On the weekends, Dennis spends time with his family and friends. Students are always welcome to join him at the local café for a drink and an interesting conversation. Dennis enjoys getting to know the students and likes to take a hands-on approach, often giving lectures and participating in activities.

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

Ashely Kellar

Program Director

In 2012, Ashely volunteered as a pre-vet student on several conservation projects across South Africa, including a 2-month stint 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. Together with Dennis Taylor, the pair designed and implemented the new veterinary program now known as the “Vet Experience” program. Over the years, she’s gained a huge amount of veterinary experience, handled some of the most amazing exotic species in the world, and helped to make a real difference in many disadvantaged communities.

Ashely works remotely most of the year, but she comes back to Chintsa every chance she gets. When overseas, Ashely coordinates with incoming students and manages the website. When on-site, she helps run the program and assists our Program Vet.

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

Kim Houghton

Program Coordinator

Kim joined the Safari4uVet team after volunteering on several wildlife projects in South Africa. She was born and raised in the UK where she qualified as a Veterinary Nurse. She’s also been a certified Horseback Riding Instructor for over 6 years.

Kim’s favorite pastimes are horseback riding, socializing, and going to the beach. She often spends her weekends exploring the area with volunteers and friends.

“Getting to know the students is my favorite part of the job. I love watching the change from when they arrive to when they leave. As young travelers, they all go through major personal growth traveling alone, usually for the first time. I love the family bond we form, enjoy meeting people from all over the world, doing something different every day and making new friends for life every month!”

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

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.


Janet Taylor

Administration and Financial Manager

Janet is a South African teacher and entrepreneur. From 2010-2013, she ran her own outdoor adventure centre concentrating on outdoor education and team building. In 2014, she moved to the United Arab Emirates to teach primary school until she came back to South Africa to join the Safari4uVet team in 2016.

In her free time she enjoys “long easy runs along the beach” and being outdoors.



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.



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.



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.



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