August Wulfhorst, a Rhenish missionary, was ordained in 1890. He came to German South West Africa (now Namibia) with F. Meisenholl that same year and erected a mission station among the Uukuanjama tribe at Ondjiva, Ovamboland. Wulfhorst soon started another station at Omupanda, where he worked until his return to Germany in 1917. His departure was precipitated by hostilities resulting from World War I (1914-1918). Wulfhorst was the pioneer Rhenish missionary in the territory. He participated in the translation of the Bible into Oshikuanjama and, with Meisenholl, prepared a translation of the four Gospels in 1896. Among others he published a booklet (in German) describing the early Rhenish missionary work among the Uukuanjama (Barmen, 1904, 34p), and in 1917 completed a manuscript (which was not published) describing the 25 years of Rhenish missionary work. Articles on his work appeared regularly in the Berichte der Rheinische Missionsgesellschaft between 1891 and 1917. During this period he accumulated a large collection of ethnological material.
During his stay in Ovamboland Wulfhorst collected plants and sent specimens to the botanist Dr Hans Schinz* at Zurich, Switzerland. The genus Wulfhorstia and the species Baissea wulfhorstii were named after him, the latter by Schinz.