Dr William Fowlds is a wildlife vet who dedicates his time to championing the plight of the rhino and other keystone species through his veterinary and awareness initiatives.
Dr Fowlds started conveying the brutality of wildlife crime from 2011 when he was first called to the aid of rhino butchered by poaching. Amongst others, his team documented a poaching attack on three rhinos at the Kariega game reserve in the Eastern Cape in March 2012. Two died and Dr Fowlds narrated the story of the slow rehabilitation of one of the three rhinos who survived this attack, as a means to raise awareness around anti-poaching and the illegal rhino horn trade. These emotional accounts have prompted media from around the world to convey the tragedy falling the magnificent rhino.
Apart from his veterinary wildlife work he co-founded Investec Rhino Lifeline in 2013. He is project coordinator for Wilderness Foundation Africa on the Medivet Saving the Rhino campaign which has enabled him to increase his work in rescue, education & awareness and prevention of poaching at both protection and demand reduction sides of the crisis. He is a trustee of the Chipembere Rhino Foundation and the African Rhino Conservation Collaboration and strives to encourage a multi-faceted approach to the rhino crisis through increased collaboration and cohesion.