started her career in the Endangered Species Protection Unit (a specialized unit of the Police) where she held the rank of captain. In 1999 she left the police service and started The Game Capture School.
With more than 20 years of experience in the care and conservation of wild animals, Petronel has now consolidated her efforts to develop a centre in Mpumalanga, South Africa that is totally devoted to the care and rehabilitation of African wild animals – in all shapes and sizes! Having run The Game Capture School for ten years, which was the first comprehensive school in South Africa to offer courses that focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of all forms of wildlife capture and care, Petronel has formed Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC in the scenic area of Barberton – just outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.
Care, hand rearing, management and capture of infant, injured and/or orphaned animals are the passions that drive the Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC. Petronel is also one of a few who has specialized in the care of orphaned and injured rhino. The centre has a designated area that is especially built to cater for these magnificent species.