Matric pupil has most viewed YouTube channel in SA
Nadav Ossendryver's Kruger sighting channel reached more than 80 million views on YouTube this week.
CAPE TOWN - Nadav Ossendryver is no ordinary South African matric student.
Ossendryver, a King David High School Linksfield pupil, has been named the country's Social Media Star of the year after his Kruger National Park sighting channel reached more than 80 million views on YouTube this week.
He developed a website with over 76,000 members when he was on holiday at the Kruger National Park in 2011 at the age of 15.
Latestsightings.com has grown exponentially with his website offering an Android app availableon Google Play and iTunes.
The idea of Latestsightings.com is to allow people to upload sightings of animals they come across at the Kruger Park and interact with one another on the digital platform offered.
During an interview on CliffCentral this morning, Ossendryver explained an instance where his app saved the life of a wild dog after a user reported seeing it with something around its neck.
"The veterinarians were on standby and went out and saved this wild dog's life."
In another instance, he recalled creating a flood release where the app collected over 1,000 kilograms of food and R100,000 to assist those affected by a flood that ripped through the park.
"We managed to give it to the staff that lost everything during the flood"
He said that his website is difficult to maintain while juggling matric but this has not deterred him.
His love of nature conservation and his budding business has already inspired him to contemplate having a gap year in 2015.
After all, Ossendryver's business led to his meeting US President Barack Obama in 2012.
He stressed that he refuses to allow any sighting or pictures of Rhino to be posted because of the ever growing Rhino poaching in South Africa.
Ossendryver said the best thing about his site is that "it's getting people happy about going to the Kruger."
Pictures sourced from Facebook.