Namibian born, Rudie van Vuuren is the co-founder and Managing Director of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation. Together with his wife, Marlice van Vuuren, the couple have etched a lasting impression into the framework of conservation in Namibia. The many research projects that form the crux of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation, human-wildlife conflict mitigation lying at the heartbeat of the N/a’an ku sê vision, are spearheaded by Rudie van Vuuren.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from South Africa’s University of Stellenbosch in 1996, Rudie went on to claim distinction on the sports field, being the only sportsman in the world to have played both rugby and cricket at international level in two world cup tournaments.
2003 saw Rudie, together with Marlice and valued investors, found the Lifeline Clinic in Epukiro, a free medical clinic for the marginalized San Bushman community. The birth of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation Wildlife Sanctuary and Charity Lodge followed in 2007, and in the ensuing years a myriad of conservation and research projects throughout Namibia have elevated the status of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation to that of global renown. Indeed, in 2010 Rudie clinched the winning spot of the World Health Awards for delivery of primary healthcare in resource poor communities, and chaired Namibia’s Large Carnivore Management Committee for six years.
Medical doctor, pilot, para-veterinarian, conservationist… the expertise and experience of Dr. Rudie van Vuuren continue to lead the N/a’an ku sê Foundation into a future where man and wild can indeed live and thrive together; where Namibia’s landscapes, wildlife and cultures are preserved for tomorrow.