Conservation and Applied Research Portfolio
In 2008 I took some time out from animal keeping to travel and get involved in practical conservation in-situ. I continued to work and volunteer on these projects throughout my degree, using my summer holidays to gain as much experience as I could before graduating, and have continued to seek out exciting new learning opportunities where I can help with applied wildlife research and practical wildlife conservation.
As a conservation supporter, I was privileged to be invited out to Namibia in late 2016 to join Giraffe Conservation Foundation researcher Emma Hart in the north-west of Namibia, where she is conducting research into the desert dwelling giraffe, Giraffa cameleopardalis angolensis.
There are thought to be approximately 200 Angolan giraffe in the research area, and Emma will spend the next four years studying them, along with the 20-30 elephants present.
In early 2014 I spent some time working alongside the head researcher, Cilla Pickering, at Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa.
Cilla undertakes daily monitoring, and radio tracking of the big 5 on the reserve. She is also involved in recommending and overseeing animal movements to and from other reserves, to maintain a healthy gene pool at Phinda and throughout other fenced reserves.
The Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation was born in 1995, in the beautiful Andean countryside of Zuleta, and its principal goal is to revive the thinking of ex-President of Ecuador Galo Plaza Lasso, one of the foremost representatives of liberalism in Ecuador.
The Condor Huasi was set up in 1995 to house Andean Condors rescued from the wildlife pet trade. Rucu, Coya, Ayu, Pimampiro, Reina Pacha, Inti and Tarishka are unable to be released due to lead bullets embedded in them, a broken leg and lacking the skills to survive in the wild.
2011: National Dormice Monitoring Project, Natural England, Bedfordshire Dormouse Group (now Beds Mammal Group).
Hazel Dormice or Muscardinus avellanarius, are one of the most vulnerable mammals in the UK...
Listed as a UK BAP species and in Natural England’s Species Recovery Programme, due to the serious decline of the UK population the main objectives of the programme is to gather vital information on the Dormouse to determine ways to conserve it.
2011: People's Trust for Endangered Species, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Environmental Records Centre, Natural England.
People's Trust for Endangered Species mapped out potential BAP Traditional Orchard habitat in Buckinghamshire using aerial photographs and historic maps... We went to ground-truth the identified sites.
2010: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Zoological Society of London, Natural England, Pensthorpe Conservation Trust.
Corncrake birds are indigenous to the UK, and were once widespread from Scotland to South England and Wales. Since combine harvesters were introduced to farming in the 1950's the Corncrake's have been in serious decline, as ground dwelling birds, their nests and chicks are destroyed during harvest time.
The Whale Shark Monitoring Programme was set up by Dr David Rowat, founder of the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, and focuses on the study of Whale Shark population.
Whale Sharks are the largest fish in the world. They have been recorded at 18 metres long, and are believed to be capable of growing to 22 metres.
Archelon was set up in 1983 and works throughout Greece on many of the Islands and on the mainland to protect all sea turtles using Greek waters and beaches.
Focusing mainly on Caretta caretta, the Loggerhead Turtle, but Greece also has a small Green turtle population.