About David Jay

I have been working in the conservation sector since the mid-1990s, largely based in the UK and working for international NGOs. I began as a grant fundraiser and moved into programme management, including working with a range of partnerships/coalitions. I am also a technical writer and I have worked on various projects from high-level reports to blogs. I have an MSc from the Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology at the University of Kent (UK). I currently work for ANIMONDIAL - a travel consultancy advising on Nature Positive tourism and other aspects of animal and nature protection in the travel industry; I manage our Animal Protection Network of on-the-ground conservation projects.

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

Private-sector company or business

Areas of expertise

Communication and marketing Fundraising Partnerships and collaboration development Project/programme 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?

Unsure, I would like more information about these socials

Influencer Of

Recent Comments

Jun 04, 2024
Replying to David Jay

Hi Miaomiao - I was sorry to miss this event and unfortunately I did not register in advance. Is there any way that I can get access to the recording now? Thanks!

Thanks great - thanks a lot!

Jun 03, 2024

Hi Miaomiao - I was sorry to miss this event and unfortunately I did not register in advance. Is there any way that I can get access to the recording now? Thanks!

May 03, 2024

Thanks for circulating this Kaya - it does sound like a great idea. I have passed the details on to a couple of contacts who might be interested.

Comment on Hi, I'm Ave
Jan 19, 2024
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Selamat datang Ave - welcome to our WildHub community! Many thanks for sharing about your important work re the otters in Indonesia. Could you share any lessons learned moments with us now you and colleagues are setting up ASTA Indonesia? Quite a few of our members are currently in the process of setting up their own organisation too and it would be great if they could learn from you and vice versa (please see a member interview on this very topic here)

Perhaps of interest to you are our WildHub socials which is an informal and easy-going way to network with other members. Upcoming socials are advertised here. Let us know if you have any questions. 

I'm also looping in @David Jay who is the Animal Protection Network Manager at ANIMONDIAL; you two may have overlapping interests. 

Thanks for looping me in Thirza! Hi Ave - I work for a travel business consultancy in the UK and we have a network of local field conservation projects around the world that we promote and advise. It would be great to hear more about your efforts to to set up your organisation. I will DM you about this. 

Nov 27, 2023
Replying to Lara Reden

Thanks for sharing, David. Could you make the link functional so it doesn't have to be copy/pasted into a browser?

Thanks Lara - I hadn't spotted that was a manual thing. Now I know!

Comment on Hi! I am David ...
Nov 27, 2023
Replying to Anne Mauro

Welcome aboard! Your job sounds very interesting. As someone who is currently searching for potential opportunities to continue my conservation career, I'd be interested in talking with you more about what your job with ANOMINDIAL entails. I haven't heard of many travel agencies with that focus in mind. You also may have my dream job as I would love to get into project management on international conservation projects. :)

Hi Anne, it sounds like you are doing lots of volunteering, which is how I made the connections that got me my first role in project management. As for the travel sector, it is mostly Adventure Travel companies that are really engaged with local conservation work, but many of the larger companies have sustainability programmes and sometimes these include biodiversity elements (although we are trying to encourage this much more). You are more than welcome to drop me a line in Conversations to ask more about my experiences ...

Comment on Hi! I am David ...
Nov 24, 2023
Replying to Thirza Loffeld

Hi David, a warm welcome to WildHub and thanks for sharing your inspiring introduction! My curiosity got the best of me so one question that came up for me straight away, why the name "Mallorcan midwife toad"? :) 

It's named after a cool reproductive behaviour. The females lay eggs in strings, like most toads, but rather than leaving them in a pond or pool the male toad wraps the strings around his legs and looks after the eggs until they hatch. So, the fathers are actually the 'midwives' to the babies. Another lovely thing about them is their call. It is just a short single-note whistle, but they all do it at a slightly different pitch and the cumulative effect is quite enchanting. (There's a good field recording on Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/colin-hunter/common-midwife-toads-lorraine-france).

Comment on Hello!
Nov 20, 2023
Replying to David Jay

Hi Liane - it's good to hear from you. I work particularly at the interface of tourism and conservation / animal welfare. I'd certainly be interested to hear more about the elephant facility that you were working at, as I know a couple of places in that area but would be keen to hear about more. If you were working for a specific organisation in the Seychelles I'd be interested to hear about that too.

Hi Liane,

Ah, so, Kindred Spirit is already a member of our Animal Protection Network. I knew there were a few similar ones around there but I hadn't come across the GVI project. We are also in contact with MEF, which I think originated that model.

It sounds like you have been working quite a bit within the tourism/conservation interface, which where my work focuses as well. Do check out www.animondial.com if you want to find out more about that, and drop me a line if you want to know more.

Good luck your new role, it sound very interesting and very valuable.


Online Elsewhere