Thirza Loffeld

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?


Intro Content


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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May 26, 2022

Hi Chloe, very helpful post you shared here. I like how you put people (staff) at the centre of this piece by highlighting the importance of empowering them and allow sufficient access to resources for them to thrive. I look forward to reading your next posts!

Another useful feature you may have come across on our platform is the option to schedule posts which helps members to maintain their presence in our community through regular contributions. Let me know if you have any questions about this. Thanks again for sharing your wisdom and insights with our community! 

May 25, 2022

A warm welcome to WildHub, Stephanie! For resources on strategy and operational management, please find our room on Building organisational resilience  which has useful resources on project strategy, project management & funding. If you click on the "Watch" button in this room's picture banner you will be notified of any new content in this room by email :)

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May 25, 2022

A warm welcome to WildHub, Nolan! Great to have you join us, and also our Conservation Catalyst cohort 2022! Please add this introduction to our Let's welcome our new members room so that other members are notified of your introduction (brief instructions can be found here). Please also join our Conservation Catalysts private room to keep in the loop of our cohort communications there. Look forward to hearing more from you through our platform! 

May 25, 2022

Perhaps of interest to you because of managing your own community/network within WildHub: @Aiita Joshua Apamaku , @Chloe Hodgkinson , @Laura Owens , @Martha Kimmel , @Yen Parico , @Fátima D. Gigante , @Lydia Johnson , @Amy Forshaw , @Danni Parks , @Nina Paige Hadley , @Jennifer Luedtke , @SUSAN CHEYNE , @Magdalena Svensson , @Janice Law , @Julia Migne , @Tamara Kovačič , @Iona Cunningham-Eurich , @Bob Smith , @Annabel Falcon @Elizabeth Stephenson 

May 19, 2022

Of interest to you? @Sheherazade @Caroline Tasirin  @Reyni Tresia Palohoen @Marsya Sibarani @Edy Hendras Wahyono @Fahri Budiman 

May 18, 2022
Replying to Temiloluwa Fajembola

This sounds great Sarah, a very good opportunity to contribute towards conservation of the Gambia’s Marine creatures, a great premise to learn conservation concepts and techniques whilst still providing an interesting experience to appreciate nature. 
I am very interested in this project, my cost will differ a little bit from yours because I am from Nigeria, a West African Country as well. But, I am still short on resources because I can’t afford to sponsor my trip to the Gambia because I am still an undergraduate and I have no job. 
It will be great if you/anyone can recommend the best way to get a funding opportunity to cover this trip. 

Hi @Temiloluwa Fajembola , Please also find an overview of grant opportunities in our corresponding room on WildHub (see also my answer to Juma about scholarships here). 

May 18, 2022
Replying to Adam Barlow

Hi Frank - welcome to the community and so kind of you to offer your data skills. In case it helps there is a free grant sheet on WildHub that lists about 200 funding opportunities. If you found others to add to the list you could give me a shout and we could work together to expand the list perhaps?

Hi Frank & Welcome to WildHub! Great to have you join! The sheet can be found in the Grant opportunities room under "About this room". Please also find the link here. Hope this helps and very interesting to learn about your PhD in fundraising! I may pick your brains about this at some stage, if that's okay with you :) 

May 18, 2022

Hi Brooke, thanks for sharing this ask for help! Linking in some more members to this conversation: Any thoughts or connections you can offer to Brooke @Lucy Radford @BENJAMIN LEE @Rebecca Sweet ?