By the time I was 19 years old, I had travelled southern Africa extensively with my family on camping trips; fishing in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, scuba-diving in Northern Mozambique, game-viewing in the Caprivi strip in Namibia, and standing under the roaring spray of the mighty Victoria Falls in northern Zimbabwe.
It seems only natural, then, that I would pursue a career in conservation and finish with an Honours degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where I found my passion for community and wildlife. Afterwards, I became specifically interested in the sustainable use of wildlife for traditional medicine; a topic that, over a period of 10 years, would allow me to revisit many countries I had been to in my teenage days, and also take me to many new environments such as Ghana and Cameroon. During this period I specifically focused on pangolin and was one of the original members of the African Pangolin Working Group when it started in 2010; serving as an Executive Committee Member for eight years.
The drive for the truth in conservation practices, and making a difference on the ground, led to me finding African Conservation Experience. I was astounded at their approach to volunteering and environmental practices as, truly, they are one of the very few who actually ‘get it’. Working for them now, I was certainly not wrong, and being with a company such as this has only grown me both professionally and personally.
Photographing conservation issues across Africa has truly become my life’s mission, and has given me an appreciation of my goal of bringing this to the public. Here my role is to deliver ethical, relevant and transparent conservation blogs, videos, photographs, and other media to you, the intrepid traveller. To get you excited about life, to show you the realities of African conservation, and to show that we can only achieve meaningful and impactful conservation practices if we work together and leave our differences behind. This is not only my full-time position, but also my full-time passion.