Born in Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, River grew up in the bush in and around Kruger National Park. He had this privilege because his father, a renowned ecologist, exposed River to the bush since he was merely in diapers.
In the bush, River was lucky enough to find his calling from a very young age. Since then, he has gained a great amount of experience in nature conservation in many aspects, especially through game capture, predator research, and wildlife rehabilitation. He had been allowed to take out his own game capture team since the age of 12, practicing the required medicine treatments and sedative procedures.
In terms of animal rehab, River has helped nurse quite a few different species. These include: Serval, Caracal, African Civet, Cheetah, Rhino, Raptors, and a large number of antelope species.
River can spend full days out in the bush, starting before the sun rises and reveling in the fresh morning air and the beautiful songs being sung by Africa's awakening inhabitants. It was shown to him that to truly enjoy nature to it's fullest is to learn it; To understand that there is so much more than the eye can see, connecting living and non-living organisms; Observing what a healthy ecosystem looks like and how it thrives. You always get reminded of one thing in the bush, and that is that you will never know everything. For River, this is the most humbling part of the job.
Africa runs through his veins, and he believes the best time spent is in the most rustic parts of nature, admiring all the natural treasure we can find.