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 Head of Community at Zapnito. 

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

Charity/Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO)

Areas of expertise

Education & training Human resources Species Management

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


Would you like to be added to the calendar invitation for our monthly WildHub Socials?


Influencer Of

Popular Content

Recent Conversations

Recent Comments

Sep 27, 2023

Thanks for sharing @Jack Cole - lovely interview! 

Question: where do you get your inspiration from on who to interview next? 

Would be great if you could invite Sofia to the hub so she can be added as a contributor :) 

Sep 27, 2023

@Scovia Akello will surely share the link to the book. Thanks Thirza for the comment

Many thanks for sharing this link to the book 

Sep 27, 2023
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Many thanks for sharing these useful insights @Scovia Akello and for facilitating the conversation @Temitope Rebecca Adelola !

@Scovia Akello : what are the reason(s) that many young people land into Forestry but it's not their first career choice? 

@Temitope Rebecca Adelola : would you perhaps have the link for us to the book “Building a Successful Forestry Career in Africa?

Thanks both for sharing your expertise & your time! 

Perhaps this interview is also of interest to you: @Adebisi Baliqeez Motunrayo , @Eko Omobola , @Jumoke B. Oguntimehin , @Maggie Munthali , @Sarah Namiiro , and @Farid Uddin Ahmed   - look forward to hearing more about your experiences at this point in time. 

I understand. Thanks again for sharing your insights with us, Scovia! 

Sep 27, 2023

I really enjoyed listening to your free-flowing conversation @Aiita Joshua Apamaku and @Muthoni Njuguna : thank you both for sharing your experiences and insights with our WildHub community!

Valuable points that you both discussed about the intergenerational gaps that are currently experienced (I find the same here in the UK and the Netherlands where I grew up). I believe @Eberechi Cecilia Osuagwu, wildhub advocate  is also aiming to bridge that gap in a project where her students ask their families and the communities they are part of about their traditional ecological knowledge/science and write this up for publication. It may be interested for you to connect about this with Eby?

@Aiita Joshua Apamaku : congrats also for being selected a National Geographic Society's Young Explorer! Also useful to hear the benefits WildHub has had for you; your feedback is much appreciated. Is there anything the WildHub community can do to help you in your journey (for example with your project around culture and conservation)? Any contacts or pieces of knowledge that would help you at this point in time? 

Sep 26, 2023
Replying to John Atibs

Thanks Thirza,  it's absolutely useful and helps with setting up our sub-community, "Africa Action Group on Ecosystems Restoration", we discussed during last week's meeting. 

Your guidance is very much appreciated. 


Hi John, Wonderful to read that discussing this topic is helpful to you with setting up the sub-community "Africa Action Group on Ecosystems Restoration"; I look forward to learning about the next steps and feel free to email me if you feel this action group could benefit from having its own (private) room on WildHub. 

I aim to publish more regular contributions on this topic in our "community management" room; if you click the "Watch" button, you will be notified of new content when it's published in this room. 

Sep 26, 2023
Replying to Elena Cunningham

Thanks very much Thirza - super helpful!

You're most welcome Elena and good to read this post is useful to you and the team.

Sep 25, 2023

Based on our previous correspondence, this may also be of interest to you @Emily Caruso and your colleagues Nessie and Simran: I invited them to WildHub so they can chime in here too if they would like. 

Sep 25, 2023

To those who are in charge of connecting conservation communities, this post may be of interest to you/your colleagues and I look forward to learning from your expertise & experiences as well, feel free to add them below:  @Shelley Bolderson , @Chris Sandbrook  @Elena Cunningham , @Jo Setchell , @Tatyana Humle , @Steve Unwin, @Mark O'Connell , @Rachel White @Zoe Melvin   @Lenke Balint @Aiita Joshua Apamaku , @Yen Parico , @Fátima D. Gigante @Tamara Kovačič , @Kate Stephenson , @Lisa Wheeler , @Lydia Johnson @Annabel Falcon @Bob Smith , @Magdalena Svensson , @SUSAN CHEYNE , @Nina Paige Hadley