Thirza Loffeld

WildHub Community Manager, WildTeam UK

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 work as Community Manager at WildHub since 2020, and I am an Associate Member of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at the University of Kent where I obtained my PhD on capacity development for conservation in 2022. 

Shannon farrington

Qualified keeper , ZSL London zoo

I am currently an MSc student studying Conservation Project Management at the University of Kent (DICE). My main areas of interest are primates, leadership and community development. 

Caroline Racape

Looking for a new role, /

Welcome to my profile! I'm a French national living in London driven by an unrelenting passion for the conservation of African wildlife. In 2018, after seven years in business development, sales and consulting, I decided to put my flair for building and cultivating relationships at the service of the non-profit sector. I dedicated a year and a half to wildlife conservation - meeting with local NGOs and communities. It gave me the opportunity to dive deep into the complex issues of conservation : habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, poaching, trafficking, deforestation, water pollution, erosion, drought and lack of community empowerment. I'm a strong advocate of integrating wildlife conservation with sustainable development, recognising the superior knowledge of local and indigenous peoples as guardians of their own environments, and offering them resources to keep their own lands under their own control. I attended conservation auctions and events and met donors and investors to better understand how the conservation sector addressed the lack of funding. It led me to conduct my own research and design strategies on how corporate giving can benefit both brands and conservation organisations. I also focused on emerging technologies, research and experimental management which are a key part of wildlife conservation. A few months ago at GSMA, I contributed to a landscaping research that captured and documented global trends, innovations and examples of best-practices in Natural Resource Management (NRM). Ultimately, the aim was to identify synergies between the private sector, governments, tech innovators and the international development community with a view to foster long-term collaboration. The Covid-19 pandemic has created disruptions to the way conservation works. The suspension of global travel has altered tourism revenues - affecting biodiversity conservation efforts and local livelihoods. Fundraising and tourism are the lifeblood of African conservation and since there are not enough viable options to benefit from wildlife beyond tourism yet, fundraising is more critical than ever. I'm currently looking for an opportunity within an organisation operating in Sub-Saharan Africa to build innovative and strategic corporate partnerships based on CSR, corporate giving and employee engagement.
Chewe Chiti

Currently unemployed, Currently Unemployed

Maureen Kinyanjui

PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of Edinburgh

Conservation Scientist with experience in conservation conflicts management, sustainable agriculture, food security, drought management and rural development. Proven skills in project management, monitoring and evaluation, communication and community mobilization. I am a PhD Candidate at the School of Geosciences - University of Edinburgh. I have an MA in Global Studies from the University of Freiburg- Germany and FLACSO Argentina, MSc in Conservation and Rural Development from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent. My conservation interest is to improve local community participation and involvement in ecosystem management

Dinda Prayunita

Program Development Officer (Terrestrial and Water Program), The Nature Conservancy Indonesia

Banet-Eugene Sarah

Wildlife Conservationist, primatologist, Oxford Brookes University

I am interested in becoming a Wildlife Conservationist, researching wild mammal behaviour out in the field. I have a degree in Biological Sciences, Trained with London Wildlife Trust for 3 months, completed Project Management for Wildlife Conservationists course with WildLearning, volunteered and interned at Colchester Zoo, volunteered at Wildlife sense as a Field Researcher for turtles, and managed two successful fundraising projects.

I'm currently looking for any field experience I can get with mammals, whether that be in Kent, England or internationally.