Mammal Research Institute of the University of Pretoria

October 09, 2015 by dyertrust

Meredith Thornton, Research Coordinator
Dyer Island Conservation Trust

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust has a long-standing relationship with the

Schafer has worked for the Volkswagen Group since 2012 as head of Group Production – Foreign Plants. He previously worked for Mercedes Benz AG since 1994 and has travelled widely worked in various countries including China, Malaysia and Germany.

The couple were impressed with the new African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) and Volkswagens commitment to this essential rehabilitation facility. They were able to meet manager Trudi Malan and bird rehabilitator Xolani Lawo who showed them the operational aspects.


The Trust also had a surprise visit from local television personality, Michelle Garforth-Venter, who was visiting with her family. Michelle is passionate about penguins and was excited to see APSS. Everyone enjoyed lunch at the Great White House.


The Schaefers will be back for a boat trip and hopefully a longer stay.