Project Thorn shares information about rhino in South Africa, functions as a site for blog posts, and promotes fundraising initiative to prevent poaching.

Meet the Project Thorn Team

Karrie Hovey is a visual artist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. She will be working in conjunction with the South African non-profits 12 Hours and RhinoArt to bring horses back to patrol in the Makhamisa Outpost at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She will be heading up the documentation, art, and outreach components of the Hornucoppia project.  Karrie’s full bio

Ali Ivmark is an Experience Design Director with a passion for design, technology and human-centered impact. Ali recently return from Stockholm to the Bay Area where she became involved with ProjectThorn. Full bio will be available shortly.

Ruth MacKay-Shea recently concluded a career at San Francisco State University working in both the colleges of Science and Fine Art. Her lifelong wanderlust has taken Ruth around the world and a love of pachyderms brought her to volunteer for the ProjectThorn team. Ruth’s full bio and photography

Charles Merrill is a technologist, cyclist and wildlife advocate who lives in Northern California. He is working with ProjectThorn on the Hornucoppia project to reinstate horse mounted anti-poaching patrols at Makhamisa Outpost at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He will be assisting with research, outreach and fund raising. Charles’s full bio

Jill Shoemaker is a semi-retired business executive, outdoor enthusiast and global traveler.  She has traveled extensively for business, adventure and culture across several continents, including Africa.  Jill has joined Project Thorn because of her love for the wildlife of Africa, and because she appreciates a well-targeted project that can make a difference. Jill’s full bio

Project Thorn is researching the viability of establishing a 501c3 for future fundraising efforts. In the meantime we are seeking fiscal sponsorship.  Until that time donations can be made through our South African partner 12Hours. 12Hours has been a trusted partner of ProjectThorn. None of the work we have accomplished would have been possible without the guidance and on the ground knowledge of rhino conservation provided by 12Hours.