Omogolo Wildlife Trust's board members are committed to the cause of wildlife conservation and animal welfare.

The board consists of three members:

  • Yvonne Verkaik - chairman
  • Sabine van der Spek - secretary
  • Chantal Klootwijk - treasurer

We have been involved in various conservation projects, and have

experienced the dependency on well-willing individuals, companies and organisations that have supported these projects and made them into a success.

We wish to continue our support to those projects that have found a place in our hearts, and to others that do similar work for the conservation and welfare of animals that need our help.

This is the reason why we established Omogolo Wildlife Trust. We form a link between the donors and the projects, assuring a smooth transfer of funds to those projects that need it, or are explicitly chosen by the donor.

We are based in the Netherlands and in Africa, and are in constant contact with our projects so that we can send their feedback to our donors.

Omogolo - What's in the name?

Omogolo is a Setswana word and is used to address an older (usually male) person in a respectful way. We used the name for an old elephant bull that came to visit us regularly in Botswana. The name stuck, the elephant became our mascotte and Omogolo Wildlife Trust had its name!

Yvonne Verkaik

(Founder and Chairman)

Yvonne has been involved in a number of wildlife projects. While traveling in Uganda she was care taker of a few orphaned baby cimps that needed lots of love and 24-hour care. She later became ad-interim manager of the project during the 1-year absence of the project director. In the mean time she revived Rhino Fund Uganda, raised funds to import rhinoceros from neighboring Kenya and set up a rhino breeding sanctuary. She took part in a number of aerial wildlife counts in remote areas in Uganda and Rwanda, was the Africa representative for a German NGO supporting mountain gorilla projects in DRC Congo, Rwanda and Uganda and is now mostly active in Botswana,  keeping in touch with our projects there and in other countries and - her paid job - running Omogolo Bush Lodges, a tourism project bordering the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Chantal Klootwijk


Chantal loves being surrounded by animals and has provided a loving home for quite a number of them! She is the lady that manages the finance within Omogolo Wildlife Trust. In her daily life she is Office Manager at Amgea Vastgoed Adviseurs (real estate consultancy) in The Hague.

Sabine van der Spek

(Board Secretary)

Sabine has a big heart for wildlife and has been on safaris in South Africa and Botswana. Her day job, next to running a family with three kids, is with the Nederlandse Ski Vereniging (Dutch Ski Association) in Utrecht, Netherlands.