Nadav Ossendryver is the Founder & CEO of Latest Sightings, a lead-generation tool developed to connect people to wildlife for safari-destinations around the world
At the age of 15, in Grade 9 at King David high School Linksfield, animal aficionado Nadav Ossendryver developed a website for crowd-sourcing wildlife sightings in the Kruger National Park, which allowed wildlife enthusiasts to share their wildlife sightings in real-time. The idea was that visitors to the park could experience more while in the park, by knowing where to travel to, once the sighting had been shared. Latest Sightings then helps these sightings go viral online, reaching 15+ million people a week.
Four years later, Ossendryver has over 500 000 people in his social media community and the Latest Sightings YouTube channel is the most viewed South African YouTube channel in the world, reaching nearly 400 million people. His goal is to expand worldwide and make the data he collects more readily available to various research projects, conservation efforts and academic institutions
“If it wasn't for King David giving me flexibility during school hours (going home early to go to a meeting), I don't know if Latest Sightings would be around! The support was highly influential in allowing me to grow Latest Sightings during school to get to where it is today. Of course, I still had to keep my marks good enough... “