Thirza Loffeld (She/Her)

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

About Thirza Loffeld

My background is mainly in species conservation, education and capacity development. I researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, I worked for three years in Indonesia, where I developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. I obtained a PhD on capacity development for conservation and work as Community Manager at WildHub and as a Lecturer in Conservation Social Science at DICE, University of Kent.

Which category below best describes the type of organisation you currently work for/or run?

Charity/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Areas of expertise

Species Management Education & training Human resources

Would you be willing to be approached and share your lessons learned in your area(s) of expertise with our community?

Yes

Intro Content

Resources

Is Your Leadership Style Preventing Community Engagement?

An inspiring podcast by Torrey at Aid for Aid workers interviewing Dr Deborah Cummins of Bridging Peoples who advocates for Process over Outcomes

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Recent Comments

Aug 11, 2022
Replying to Jamie Copsey

A little after the fact, but....

...An interesting discussion around soft skills.  I too find this term rather demeaning and not very descriptive either- they can be the hardest skills to both learn and apply!  I would see them more as universal or foundational skills that we should all become competent and confident in applying if we want to be the most effective conservation practitioners we want to.  Here is a useful recent paper from a colleague of mine highlighting how the application of such skills within the context of species conservation planning is contributing to improved species status: Lees, C.M., Rutschmann, A., Santure, A.W. and Beggs, J.R., 2021. Science-based, stakeholder-inclusive and participatory conservation planning helps reverse the decline of threatened species. Biological Conservation260, p.109194. 

@Gemma Harding : If not seen already, perhaps the Lees paper is also of interest to you? (see above comment)

Aug 11, 2022
Replying to Jamie Copsey

A little after the fact, but....

...An interesting discussion around soft skills.  I too find this term rather demeaning and not very descriptive either- they can be the hardest skills to both learn and apply!  I would see them more as universal or foundational skills that we should all become competent and confident in applying if we want to be the most effective conservation practitioners we want to.  Here is a useful recent paper from a colleague of mine highlighting how the application of such skills within the context of species conservation planning is contributing to improved species status: Lees, C.M., Rutschmann, A., Santure, A.W. and Beggs, J.R., 2021. Science-based, stakeholder-inclusive and participatory conservation planning helps reverse the decline of threatened species. Biological Conservation260, p.109194. 

Thanks for sharing this useful resource, Jamie! I have shared it with a few of my contacts who are working on similar topics. Here is a direct link for anyone who would like to download this paper by Lees et al. 2021. 

Comment on NEW MEMBER
Aug 10, 2022

Welcome to our community Cristóvão! Lovely to have met you in our WildHub Social just now and I look forward to continue our conversation in our next Social.

It's great to see our member base growing slowing but surely, also in Mozambique. @Cristóvão ,  @Larissa and @Dominique D'Emille : would you be able to each invite 2 Mozambican conservationists who you think could benefit from joining our global community? You can invite your contacts by going to our homepage (click on the WildHub logo in the right upper corner) and scroll down to the "click to invite others to join" button. You can then enter your contacts' name and email address and they will receive an email from you inviting them to WildHub :) 

Aug 04, 2022
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Hi @Simon Hedges , thanks for sharing these job opportunities at ZSL! Could you please add your posts to the room "job opportunities"? This is the only way that our members will be notified of your posts by email. Thanks and please let us know if you have any questions. 

Wonderful! Thanks, Simon!

Aug 04, 2022

@Samirah Siddiqui : thanks for sharing! Could you please let us know if there is a recording of this session? Many thanks! 

Aug 03, 2022
Replying to Lize Gibson-Hall

I love this @Thirza Loffeld ! This animation is great, especially for someone like me who struggles with processing and reading a lot of text and is a visual learner! What an achievement for you and I'm so glad you shared it with all of us :) 

Many thanks, Lize! I really enjoyed making this animation as well; it's such a creative and rewarding process. Happy to hear that it contributes to making it more accessible to all. 

Aug 03, 2022
Replying to Susan Winslow

This is fantastic! Congratulations on such a great achievement and also on making it so visually appealing and easy to understand. I'd be happy to share it!

Thanks, Susan! It was a really great experience to have so much input from different conservationists across the globe on these topics and to see how passionately people spoke about motivation and wellbeing in the workplace. Thank you for sharing it with your network, much appreciated! PS there is a share button just next to the like button :) 

Aug 03, 2022
Replying to Lara Reden

Thanks for sharing! I love the animation; it's a creative and visually appealing way to share information.

Thanks, Lara - lovely to read your positive feedback!