Board and Staff


Clare Campbell (Director)
Clare is the Director and Chairperson of the Asian Rhino Project, President of the Silvby Phil_England ery Gibbon Project, Treasurer  and Conservation Fund Committee Member of The Orangutan Project and is a member of the IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group and Primate Specialists Group, Section on Small Apes. Clare has extensive experience in zoos, in particular the management of captive primates. She has worked with Exotic species for over 14 years, undertaking species management roles and forging links between ex-situ and in-situ conservation activities. Clare has a particular passion for gibbons and has been instrumental in the development of conservation strategies, especially for the  rehabilitation and reintroduction programs for the Javan gibbon. She is committed to developing and assisting with more collaborative and holistic in situ conservation projects in Indonesia and South East Asia. Clare holds B.Sc. in Zoology/Marine Biology and Post Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management and was awarded James Cook University Alumni of the Year for Science in 2013 for her contribution to wildlife conservation.

Leif Cocks (President, The Orangutan Project)

Leif is the founder of The Orangutan Project and has been the President since its inception. He has worked hands on with and for orangutans for more than 25  years including the most successful breeding colony of orangutans in the world, orangutan rescues and the successful reintroduction of numerous orangutans included the first two ever successful zoo-born reintroductions.

In respect to his professional, animal, human and financial management skills, Leif has been the longest standing Australasian Species Management Program Committee Member; a Quarantine-Approved Assessor; Zoo Husbandry Adviser; Zoo Accreditation Officer; UN GRASP in-country point of contact, an International Species Coordinator, International Studbook Keeper and Chair of a World Aquarium and Zoo Association global conservation program.

Current positions include – President: Wildlife Asia, President: International Elephant Project, President: International Tiger Project, Conservation Fund Manager: Silvery Gibbon Project. A small population biologist and curator by trade; Leif has several academic qualifications, including a Masters of Science studying orangutans. He lectures at universities, is a seasoned public speaker, supervises university students and has published several papers on orangutans in peer reviewed journals. Leif is author of the book – Orangutans and their Battle for Survival.

Leif’s years in the field have earned him respect within the conservation field. He has been a key player in developing conservation plans for orangutans and influencing positive change for orangutan protection and survival. This respect has given The Orangutan Project world standing in conservation, and allows Leif to successfully negotiate conservation agreements with the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and other government officials. It has also allowed The Orangutan Project to attract major sponsors.

Sophie Dentrinos (Vice-Chairperson, The Asian Rhino Project)
Sophie is the Vice Chairperson of the Asian Rhino Project and a zookeeper with over 10 years experience, specialising in African Carnivores. Sophie has had a keen passion for rhinos and their plight since her high school years, when she did work experience with black rhinos. Sophie is the Australasian Species Coordinator for the Endangered African Painted Dog, and holds sJune Rhino & Sophie_1everal qualifications including a Post Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management, Certificate 3 in Zoo Keeping and a Diploma in Animal Technology.




Matt Hunt (CEO and SE Asia Program Manager,  Free the Bears)
Matt left the UK in the year 2000 after having worked in zoos and wildlife parks for more than 10 years. Pursuing his dream to help conserve the world’s wildlife, he came to South-East Asia and has spent the past 8 years developing wildlife rescue centers, training wildlife law enforcement teams and creating environmental education programs to increase environmental awareness amongst local adults and children. Currently based “out of a suitcase” somewhere in Indochina, Matt oversees Free The Bear’s
field projects in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam as well as partnerships in India, Indonesia and Thailand.


Coming soon!


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