‘A girl was walking along the beach, picking up starfish that had been washed ashore by the incoming tide. A man came over to her, and was confused by this. ‘Why are you throwing them back in, there are far too many for you to ever get them all, and many of them will just be washed back in with the next tide? You can’t possibly make a difference’. The girl threw another starfish into the water, and turned to the man ‘I just made a difference to that one’. To the world, that is just one starfish, or elephant, or Impala. But to that animal, one action can mean the world. Loren Eiseley


I like to think of myself as that girl…

After completing my Bachelor of Science majoring in Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, and working for a year with a global company as the Head of Social Media, I journeyed to Africa to start my life-long dream of working in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. I travelled South Africa, Zambia and Malawi, and did things I never would have dreamed. From hunting poachers to hand-rearing orphaned monkeys, to tracking hyenas and living with elephants, I lived on the front line of wildlife protection, rehabilitation and conservation in Africa.


This is my view on conservation, through the eyes of the elephants. For more about how I got to be sitting in front of elephants like this, check out Africa, through the eyes of the elephants



  1. Greig
    June 1, 2016

    Absolutely brilliant to gain a glimpse through the eyes of someone outside of mass media. Im sure you were able to contribute a lot to the communities you came in contact with and along with that it sounds as though you achieved the first part of your lengthy journey.

    It would be brilliant to know what route you took in order to get into these communities and connect with the right people so as to be part of this? Are there any projects in the pipeline to enable others to assist down this track.
    Full credit to ya!

    Kind Regards

    • June 2, 2016

      Thanks Greig! I hope the education and awareness I provided local villages and also the people who read by blog is the biggest thing I contribute from my travels and experience… Education and information would solve most of the worlds problems! On my facebook page ‘Eyes of the Elephants’ I have pinned a link to the page ‘Volunteers Beware – the good, the bad and the ugly of volunteering in Africa’. This is a master list of all the ethical and non-ethical organisations that people can volunteer with, and is the first place to go for anyone wanted to volunteer and contribute ethically to wildlife conservation. Personally, I chose grassroots organisations (such as Wildlife Action Group Malawi) and those with world-class certification as I wanted to be sure that all my money was going straight to the cause and not to admin or advertisement, and that the animal’s welfare was the most important thing. After choosing organisations and groups, I applied for internships via their websites, and went from there!
      With regards to a pipeline, all of the organisations are ongoing and always need volunteers and support. And through my blog and experiences I hope to inspire and encourage people to take the plunge and volunteer themselves!
      Thank you for your encouragement and support, and keep watching this space 🙂

  2. Cinna
    June 17, 2016

    Hi Beckie, I wondered if you might be able to send me your email address so that I can contact you about an article I’m writing? Thanks!

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