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Lara holding a print of the black rhino Waiwai on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

About Lara

I am a 25 year old Conservation Biologist (MRes, BSc) with a keen interest in science communication and research.

I have extensive experience in the field, living in remote and challenging environments whilst planning, conducting and executing my own research projects. These include managing a dolphin research project for African Impact (Zanzibar), two three-month projects in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (Kenya), working as a survey assistant in Dinokeng Game Reserve (South Africa) and my undergraduate dissertation in the Mahamavo Forest (Madagascar). 

Social media has changed the way that scientists communicate with the public and I believe that raising awareness is the key to successful conservation efforts. It is a powerful engagement tool which, if used correctly, could inspire young minds and increase the number of people entering the scientific world. Through my social media channels, I connect with more than 27,000 people via regular posts and story updates.

Why Wildlife Conservation?

Ever since I was a little girl, I have held a keen fascination for the creatures that we share this earth with. It is this passion and love for the natural world that has led me to pursue a career in zoology and wildlife conservation. 

 

Having spent six weeks in Madagascar, studying an endangered species of mouse lemur, I have experienced first-hand, complete infuriation that such creatures are being driven to the brink of extinction as a result of human activities. Currently, the greatest threat to the earth’s biodiversity is habitat loss which directly results from anthropogenic impacts like deforestation. However, in countries like Madagascar, where 80% of the population live under the poverty line, an issue arises... Where do you strike the balance between providing resources for the well-being of the local human population and protecting the habitable areas for the species that naturally occur there?

 

This problem is ongoing and there will never be a simple solution, but by researching the ecological requirements that a species needs for survival and educating local populations on the importance of biodiversity, we can make a start.

Lara's Blog

To read some of the articles I've written for the likes of Patagonia, Asilia Africa, Myvegan and The Tropical Ecology Group, please click the button!

Lara in the poppy fields of West Pentire in Newquay Cornwall with her Swarovski binoculars

Scientific Research

My work has taken me from the plains of Kenya to the coastline of Zanzibar and I feel so privileged to have worked with some of the most charismatic species on Earth.

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