About Us

The Conservation Action Trust is an independent entity registered (134-578 NPO) with SARS as a Non Profit Making Organization and (930045703) Public Benefit Organization .

The Trust’s founder takes full responsibility for overseeing the process from the initial identification of projects to the eventual disbursement of funds.

Our Goals and Objectives

The overriding goal of the Conservation Action Trust is to save and protect specifically identified species of fauna and flora from threats of destruction or extinction by promoting widespread and impartial investigation and reporting on important conservation and environmental issues. We hope to foster broader awareness and bring about greater public support of vital conservation and environmental issues.

We accomplish this by:

  1. Assisting independent journalists to write pertinent, objective stories that might otherwise not have been written
  2. Obtaining credibility for these stories by having them widely published in appropriate media
  3. Ensuring a wider dissemination of the stories through syndication, along with electronic and social media
  4. Commissioning of conservation and environmental reports, investigations and information and dissemination thereof
  5. Creating a database of conservation and environmental related information for free access by the general public
  6. Promoting empathy and compassion for wild and domestic animals
  7. Directing support for specifically identified environmental or conservation projects.

Our Trustees

Francis Garrard has been involved with a number of conservation and animal welfare organizations for many years, predominantly in a donor capacity, but he has always invested considerable time and energy in making sure that his funds have been directed towards specific projects undertaken by those organizations and has ensured that all funds were effectively allocated and properly accounted for.

Conservation and animal welfare projects during the course of the last 25 years include The Vulture Study Group, Crane Working Group and Wild Dog Action Group of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT); Animals in Distress; the SPCA; the Highveld Horse Care Unit, the Vervet Monkey Working Group, and SA Mass Sterilization.


Colin BellColin Bell is a tourism professional with 35 years of experience and co-author of “Africa’s Finest” a new book out on the good, the bad and the ugly of the tourism industry (www.africasfinest.co.za).  His operations have successfully re-introduced rhino into the wilds of Botswana and pioneered sustainable partnerships with rural communities in Namibia that ensure that rhino thrive outside of protected areas.


Harriet NimmoIn her previous life in the UK, Harriet was CEO of Wildscreen for 8 years.  She led the internationally renowned wildlife and environmental film festival – Wildscreen, founded the WildPhotos nature photography symposium and was responsible for developing the award winning www.ARKive.org – the world’s digital databank of film and photos of endangered species. In 2011 Harriet relocated to Cape Town, wanting to work more closely at the “coal-face” of conservation.  She now works with various South African conservation NGO’s, and has also co-founded Wild Shots, Africa’s new wildlife photography symposium, now in its third year.


Paul SymmingtonBorn and educated in Cape Town, Paul Symington has a life-long interest in conservation and outdoor life.

“When long-time friend Francis Garrard asked me to join Conservation Action Trust (CAT) I thought it would be a good idea to become involved (in a small way at this stage) as the current plight of elephants, rhinos and other animals is deeply concerning to me.”


Peter CreerIn his career with a large multinational corporation Peter Creer had the opportunity to work and travel extensively and see first-hand the the environmental impact of ‘development’. This has produced an enduring desire to make a difference – together with a pragmatic approach to related issues.

“I believe the primary driver of the Trust – to target tangible results – rather than simply stir up emotions, will have a positive impact on the conservation issues we are tackling”.