I graduated with a BSc in Animal management in 2017 and have been working as a zookeeper at Woburn Safari Park ever since! I'm currently studying an MSc in Applied Wildlife Conservation at Anglia Ruskin University and have already completed the Strategy Development workshop in December 2019.
At Woburn I work with a variety of different hoof stock species and two primate species (my favourites!). I love being able to work so closely with these amazing animals on a daily basis and I'd like to be able to contribute more to their conservation in the wild.
In 2017 and 2018 I visited a reserve in South Africa where I was an intern and carried out lots of conservation related tasks.these included setting camera traps, taking down old farm fencing, clearing tracks to make new roads, tick surveys and game counts. The picture above is from one of the camera traps we set. My second visit was longer than the first and I was able to gain a better understanding of what goes on in active conservation. I have definitely caught the Africa bug!!
I really enjoy the research side of my degrees so I'm hoping to shift towards a conservation research position in the future and can't wait for the course to start next week!
Extra bits about me: I love traveling, yoga, baking and going on bike rides! This lockdown has really let me expand my baking skills in the kitchen much to my families delight!