Wild Friends is an alliance of people straddling several organisations that support the work of the WildTrust and its marine conservation arm, WildOceans. This includes the Ocean Stewards programme which helps train young marine scientists.
Professor George Branch, author of Living Shores and co-author of Two Oceans: a Field Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa, rates the Ocean Stewards programme as one of the most dynamic marine conservation initiatives to have emerged in South Africa. “It offers a wonderful blend of practical, hands-one experience, training in modern survey methods, and the challenge to think for oneself, as well as the joyous personal friendships that breach barriers across age, race and language.” – Professor George Branch. Read: Beach bum extraodinaire inspires young marine scientists.