Lynne MacTavish has served as the operations manager at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve since 1999. In 2018 Lynne was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by The University of Brighton in recognition of her major contribution to wildlife conservation in South Africa. She has a diploma in tourism and has worked in the tourist industry for more than eighteen years. She also runs her own catering business. Lynne is an experienced Level 3 field guide with the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa and is qualified in first aid. She was the recipient of the UBS African Scientist Programme fellowship award for training in principal investigator responsibilities, scientific training, and support. She has been fundamental in developing this project and its success and has helped to expand it to include a diversity of groups. She has been the Earthwatch scientist present for all teams that have run to date, and leads the field training, safety assessment, data collection, and field logistics.