Growing up in Cape Town with the mountains, valleys and ocean surrounding you, it is difficult not to have a real appreciation for the intrinsic value of nature. Inspired to ensure that the natural world continues to function at a time of intense harvesting and utilization, I embarked upon an adventure I’ve never looked back on. Finishing with a fairly terrestrial-based honours in Marine Biology from the University of Cape Town and a handful of experience, I came up to Zululand at the beginning of 2016 to see where I could get involved in making a difference – and enjoy myself whilst doing it. Six weeks after joining Wildlife ACT as a helping hand, I was asked if I would like to take on the project at uMkhuze Game Reserve. With the support of the Wildlife ACT Team, I was trained and readied to make a real contribution to the conservation of Africa’s endangered wildlife.
Human-Wildlife Coexistence Programme Manager & Applied Research Unit Coordinator