Over and Above Africa was created after Founder, Kerry David attended a Los Angeles fundraiser for elephants that outlined the total devastation poaching has had on Africa's vulnerable wildlife. The visual presentation that outlined the poaching crisis and human/animal conflict had been shot from a drone flying high over Africa's beautiful landscape and was effectively protecting all the animals within its vision and beneath it.
In the two years this drone had been flying over the KNP (Kruger National Park) the poaching stopped completely. Whether the drone flew day or night - the animals were safe so long as it was air-born. From a drone's eye, or "Over and Above Africa", it felt like the problems these animals faced below could be overcome with a global community's awareness and involvement. It's how Over and Above Africa got its name!
Our tagline for Over And Above Africa is #AffordablePhilanthropy because we want everyone to be able to help, at whatever their comfort level to prevent this crisis from becoming a total extinction of Africa's endangered animals like the iconic elephants, rhino, lions, pangolin and giraffe - it's been said we have less than 8 years left to act if we want to save them.
Over and Above Africa's Founder, and Executive Director February 2018
In the eight months since our launch, we've successfully raised over $19,000 in funds for; Nambiti Private Game Reserve's Anti-Poaching Unit with our "Boots for Rangers" drive; Petronel Nieuwoudt's "Care For Wild Rhino Orphanage", Damien Mander's IAPF Anti Poaching Unit Team, a PSA with Nambiti about their "Elephant Relocation and Rhino Conservation Programs" and Dr Johann Marais' "Saving the Survivors".
Of course, without YOU, our members and donors none of this would be possible! So THANK YOU!
Thanks to your generosity we continue to raise awareness about the crisis facing these beautiful, yet vulnerable and endangered animals in Africa.
Still not a member? Become a member today ($5 a month!) and share this journey with us!
Thank you for taking care of our planet - it's the only one we have!
Kerry, Jennifer and the entire O&AA Team
Photo credit: Philip Folsom
Over And Above Africa Team
Kerry has always been a passionate advocate for animals. After learning how many of Africa's iconic animals were facing extinction, not only in her lifetime, but in as little as 9 years, she was compelled to act. She started researching the poaching crisis, wildlife trafficking and the human/animal challenges facing Africa and was horrified at what she uncovered. "I don't want to imagine a world without elephants, rhino, leopards, lions, cheetah and other iconic animals roaming freely. This conflict between man and animal has reached a tipping point, we have to intervene if we have any humanity left in us." She Founded "Over and Above Africa" as a global solution that anyone can afford.
"Without our help, these beautiful animals don't stand a chance against the awesome firepower currently reigning down on them. But we can connect as a global community and protect their existence here. We can prevent their suffering and their extinction. Over and Above Africa makes the solution affordable, transparent and enjoyable to a global audience. It's what Over and Above Africa is all about".
A multiple award-winning Producer and Director, Kerry has spent the past 25 years working on feature films and documentaries in Hollywood. Two and a half years working at Paramount Pictures lead to three years working for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman on projects that include Mission Impossible 2, Without Limits, Portrait of a Lady, Peacemaker, Practical Magic, The Blue Room and Eyes Wide Shut with Stanley Kubrick.
She started her own production company in 2000, and in the ensuing years produced multiple projects including, Agent Cody Banks 1 & 2, My Date with Drew, Like Dandelion Dust, Seeking Happily Ever After, Perfect Romance, Deposing the Usual Suspects, Expert Insight, Making Miles, The Miles Davis Story and most recently; Bill Coors: The Will to Live.
In 2001, Kerry Founded Indieproducer.net, an online film & TV community to help new & emerging filmmakers break into the industry. It was named the #1 site for filmmakers worldwide, was in 130 countries with over 82,000 members when she sold it to the Vail Film Festival in 2010.
In 2010 Kerry was hired as CEO and CFO to oversee the creation of an orphanage for children in Ghana, West Africa from inception to completion. From hiring the architects, locating the region and children in need and hiring the staff to run it. She was tasked with overseeing every aspect including the budget and build. She found the process enlightening and challenging but above all, extremely inspirational and completed the orphanage in 2013. She said of her experience, "Meeting the children and working with the kind people in Ghana will remain a highlight of my life."
Over And Above Africa fulfills a personal drive to help prevent the loss of Africa's innocent, vulnerable and iconic animals. "I am dedicated to being an integral part of the movement that prevents Africa's endangered species from extinction".
Photo credit: @PhilipFolsom
Jennifer comes to Over and Above Africa with a lifelong love of animals, elephants in particular, that lead her to seek a better understanding of the poaching crisis.
"When I initally learned the grave danger that elephants were in I assured myself that those working in the field to protect animals would not allow this to happen- they could not possibly become extinct. However, as I began to understand the depth of the poaching crisis and what was happening to not only elephants, but rhino, pangolin, cheetahs, it became clear to me that despite their best efforts, these animals were on the path to extinction. That is when I decided to do something. That is when I realized that there was something I could do with my skill set to help stop this tragedy."
Coming from a successful career as a Business Development Executive, both domestically and internationally, as well as having worked as Area Director for the Dream Factory, a national non-profit organization that grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children, Jennifer decided to leave her career behind and make her life's work saving animals.
"I began by volunteering and eventually became Director of Operations for Stop Poaching Now!, a Los Angeles based 501(c)3 dedicated to funding grass roots organizations that are working to protect animals from extinction.."
Jennifer comes to Over and Above Africa with a passion for educating the global community about the plight of Africa's endangered animals and to identify and support new and important organizations in Africa that are effectively tackling the poaching and human/animal conflict raging on that continent that need our support.
"I believe that there are many people who are simply not aware of what is happening, and if they become aware they will want to join us and do something about this. Do we want to be the generation that wipes out entire species from our planet? Do we want to allow terrorism to be funded through the slaughter of these beautiful and sensitive creatures? We cannot let this happen."
Born and raised in Chicago, Emily is a tireless worker dedicated to telling important stories and helping bring about change in the world. She is passionate about filmmaking and storytelling, a calling she has felt ever since she wandered on to the set of her high school’s production of Les Misérables, and was named director and producer the next day.
She now resides in Los Angeles and has been working in film and live event production for several years. During this time, she’s also had the chance to support a handful of charitable organizations. At Jail Guitar Doors, a 501(c)3 non-profit that deeply believes in the restorative powers of music and brings musical instruments into prisons, she handled everything from their fundraising events to the social media accounts. Emily also worked with Women in Animation, assisting with their outreach to colleges around the country to aid in female empowerment. And she served as production manager for several of the Official Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign’s live events. Each of these incredibly positive and rewarding experiences has only increased Emily’s desire to help make a conscious change in the world.
While she’s still learning about the devastating poaching crisis (and becoming increasingly alarmed), her core beliefs are what connect her to Over and Above Africa. Her love and appreciation for animals stems from being a lifelong vegetarian and a dedicated fan of Disney’s The Lion King. Emily firmly believes that no life – human or animal – is worth any material possession.
As the Millennials say, “Collect moments, not things.”