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Robin Cook

Nickname: 'Rob'

Elephant researcher from South Africa

Currently resides in: Limpopo, South Africa

Born in Bloemfontein South Africa

Elephant researcher specialising in human-elephant conflict. Particularly, I focus on the use of mitigation systems to deter elephants, especially the use of honeybees.

Contact details

O: +27727795973

M: +27727795973

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Current Position(s)

Freelance Researcher | Research | Elephants Alive
Hoedspruit, South Africa | November 2017 - present

Environment and Conservation

Large tree monitoring program

Previous Position(s)

Project Coordinator | Research and Management | Elephants & Bees Project
Hettipola, Kenya | July 2017 - October 2017

Environment and Conservation

Coordinating the research and maintenance of the beehive fence-lines
Conducting human-elephant conflict interviews with affected villages

Research Assistant | Research | Elephants Alive
Hoedspruit, South Africa | January 2014 - September 2016

Environment and Conservation

Conducting research on collared elephants in the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR), comprised of the Balule, Klaserie, Timbavati, and Umbabat Private Nature Reserves
Assisted in: Elephant tree-impact surveys; Elephant collaring operations; Faecal data collection; Telemetry tracking of elephants; Beekeeping; Media coverage

Teaching Assistant | School of Animal, Plant, and Environmental Sciences | University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2014 - November 2016

Academia, Education and Training

Assisting in the running of undergraduate laboratory sessions and marking of assignments
Subjects: Introduction to Medical Sciences (1st years); Introductory Life Sciences (1st years); Behavioural Ecology (2nd years); Evolution (2nd years); Savanna Ecology (2nd years); Mammalogy (3rd years); Ethnoecology (Honours)

President | Management | Rhino SA
Johannesburg, South Africa | June 2012 - January 2014

Academia, Education and Training

Youth project aimed at educating South Africa’s youth on the on-going poaching of their rhinos.

Educational history


Northcliff High School, Johannesburg, South Africa (2010)


Advanced Learning Interactive Systems Online

Galway, Ireland (Republic) | January 2017 - May 2017

Diploma - Environmental Science

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa | April 2015 - July 2017

Master of Science - Ecology

Elephant impact on marula trees, and African honeybees as a mitigation method

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2014 - December 2014

Bachelor of Science with Honours - Ecology

Elephant movement patterns in relation to human inhabitants in and around the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2011 - December 2013

Bachelor of Science - Zoology and Ecology



Margaret Kalk Award - Most Outstanding 2013 3rd Year Zoology Student | 2014

Golden Key Society Award | 2015

Honorary Member of the American Society of Mammalogists | 2016

media exposure

MongaBay | 2015

Kruger2Canyon | 2015

Sunday Times | 2015

IOL | 2017

Competitive Accomplishments

Full Colours - Swimming | School Sports | 2009

Academic Achievements

First Class Pass - Ecology | 2013

First Class Pass - Zoology | 2013

First Class Pass - Ecology | 2012

First Class Pass - Zoology | 2012

Half Colours - Academics | 2010

Other Achievements

Black Belt - Karate | 2005



South African National Parks Honorary Rangers

Volunteer, January 2013 - May 2015

Friends of the Pilanesberg Society

Volunteer, September 2007 - October 2008

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