Over and Above Africa was created after seeing a stunning visual presentation at an event outlining the dire poaching situation in Africa. It was shot from a drone flying high over Africa's beautiful landscape. The drone was, in effect, protecting all the animals within its vision and scope below by filming it all - our community is designed to do the same.
In the two years this drone had been flying over the KNP (Kruger National Park) which is a public park widely known as being a poacher's paradise - the poaching stopped, whether the drone flew day or night - the animals were safe. From a drone's eye, or "Over and Above Africa", it truly feels like the problems these animals face below can be overcome if we all turn our attention to their plight. If we can see it, we can solve it. We call Over And Above Africa #AffordablePhilanthropy because we want to include everyone in the race to prevent extinction - at whatever income level - because we have less than 9 years ... and counting.
Over and Above Africa's Founder, and Executive Director April, 2017
Three weeks into our launch, and we've already had two successful fundraisers, one for Nambiti's Anti-Poaching Unit Rangers - and the second for the staff at the Care For Wild Rhino Orphanage!
Thanks to your generosity we continue to raise awareness about the crisis facing these beautiful, yet vulnerable animals - and in so doing, we share ways in which you can join us to protect them and prevent their extinction.
We have several fundraisers in process right now, from supporting "The Sparta Project" and "IAPF", and "Saving the Survivors" to our documentary, "Breaking Their Silence: Women on the Frontline of the Poaching War" - you can participate wherever your interests or heartstrings are pulled - Click here to learn more.
Become a member today and share the journey with our tribe!
Thank you for taking care of our planet - it's the only one we have!
Kerry, Jennifer and the O&AA Team
Photo credit: Amy Graves
Over And Above Africa Team
Kerry has always been a passionate advocate for animals. After learning how many of Africa's most 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 poaching, wildlife trafficking and the human/animal crisis in Africa and was horrified at what she uncovered. "I don't want to imagine a world without elephants, rhino, leopards, cheetah and other iconic animals roaming freely in the wild. This conflict between man and animal in Africa has reached its tipping point." So she Founded Over and Above Africa as a global solution.
"Without our intervention, these animals don't stand a chance against the awesome firepower currently reigning down on them. But if we connect as a global community and engage in this fight to protect them together, then we can prevent these vulnerable beings from extinction. We make the solution affordable, transparent and enjoyable to a global audience. That's what Over and Above Africa is all about".
A multiple award-winning Producer, Kerry has spent the past 25 years working on feature films and documentaries. 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 currently, The Road Ahead.
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 uplifting 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 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."