Julia Elliott

Monitor Trainee: Tembe

Since a young age, I have always had a keen interest in conservation, which may have stemmed from the family trips we took around the untamed places of South Africa and Zimbabwe. I never lost this interest and completed my undergraduate degree in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University. My first taste of real conservation work came during an internship that I completed on Shamwari Private Game reserve in the Eastern Cape. I got to see what hands-on conservation looked like and I was bitten by the conservation bug! I then completed my Honours degree in Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University before heading to Costa Rica for a three month internship at a wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary. This solidified the idea that I was meant to work with wildlife and do what I can for Africa’s wild places. I am ecstatic to be working as a Priority Species Monitor with Wildlife ACT in Tembe Elephant Park.