Dr. James Danoff-Burg - Founder and Director of US Branch

James is a biodiversity scientist and conservation strategist focused on developing and implementing solutions. With over 20 years of experience across 16 countries, he has led and supported dozens of community-based conservation projects globally. Danoff-Burg emphasizes collaborating with local communities and has also consulted with the governments of the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, United Arab Emirates, and Japan. Danoff-Burg is confident that we can reverse the decline of rhinos by ensuring that we work together to protect these majestic natural treasures.



Simon Jones
 – Treasurer of USA Branch and Global Founder

Simon has spent time on conservation projects in Africa, working specifically on rhino conservation.  In 2012 Simon felt his perfect blend of experience in both the charity and business sectors, combined with an unwavering passion for wildlife conservation, and in particular the rhino could be used to greater effect.  

Simon founded Helping Rhinos and has lead the organisation in its growth, achieving success in terms of brand awareness, creating partnerships and increasing revenue year on year, all allowing the organisation to achieve tangible results in its goal of conserving the rhino for future generations.



Rand Newman - Secretary

Rand retired from the Hewlett-Packard Company in May 2009, after a twenty-seven year career in the Corporate Legal Department. He finished his career as Senior Counsel and Legal Affairs Manager for the Imaging and Printing Group in Rancho Bernardo, California. After retiring, he served for three years on the Board of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, including over two years as President. In addition to his association with Helping Rhinos USA, he currently serves on the Board of two other non-profits, the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Hewlett-Packard Retirement Club of Southern California. He enjoys travel, writing, and photography.



Andy Blue

Andy is the Associate Curator of Mammals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and has worked in the Zoological industry for over 30 years. He was a member of the opening team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida.

His daily responsibilities include exhibit facility design, coordination of animal shipments, staff hiring and evaluating. He manages a staff of 70 including Animal Care Managers, Animal Care Supervisors, Keepers and Exhibit Attendants.
He has accompanied animal shipments and worked on conservation projects in many countries including Mexico, Vietnam, India, Japan, Kenya, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Mongolia, Oman, and throughout the Middle East.