‘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