I've worked at BirdLife South Africa for 6 years, focusing mostly on the African Penguin. They are a great animal to work with as they are relatively easy to study (although watch out for their sharp beaks!) and they act as an indicator for the rest of the ecosystem. Helping to conserve the penguins will also hopefully save other species as well.
I have an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a conservationist. My family moved around a lot when I was young, living in various countries in North and South America so I was exposed to a lot of different environments and schooling systems and also saw how the problems we face are in a sense universal.