Taryn Gilroy

Operations Counsel

I was born in Zululand, and although I grew up and was schooled in Durban, I spent the majority of my time on various KZN game reserves with my grandparents, who worked for the Natal Parks Board. When it came to choosing a career I always thought I would be a doctor, and I was even accepted to medical school which I attended for a whole day before I realised with great relief that I was born to work in the bush. I went on to complete a BSc. Hons. in Conservation Biology and in the course of my studies was offered my dream job as an elephant monitor. I worked as a monitor for two years and then went on to fill a couple of different research/monitoring roles in Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. I was fortunate enough to interact closely with Wildlife ACT in this time and I always thought it was a company I would love to work for! I took four years off to work part-time as an independent consultant and to focus on rearing my two little bushbabies (aka children), and I am now in the incredibly fortunate position of working full-time for Wildlife ACT, and raising a family in the wilds of Zululand!