Hello Everyone! It is a pleasure to join the "Zoo Scientist" team! Here's a little about myself. Since high school, I have been heavily involved in nonprofit work, which all began with "Roots and Shoots" a nonprofit division of the "Jane Goodall Institute". I worked on a myriad of projects, from raising awareness on the plight of orangutan populations in Indonesia to partnering with the "American Cetacean Society", or ACS, to raise funds and awareness on the plight of cetaceans the world over.
My love for community activism and joining the effort to preserve the planet's magnificent biodiversity led me to further my activism work through the nonprofit group H.O.W. Global, Inc. (through which I still intern and am an active board member). I coordinate projects, namely in African countries such as Tanzania and Kenya, which deal with sustainability and the mitigation of human vs. wildlife conflict.
For years I also volunteered as a docent at the renowned "Turtle Back Zoo" in West Orange, NJ, U.S.A, and for a brief time, was also a veterinary technician there. It was the first time I had been exposed to the majesty of the animal kingdom in such an intimate manner and I became more passionate than ever to support accredited zoological parks and their incredible work. Because of all the wonderful opportunities I have had, I decided to return to school and am completing my Bachelor's in Environmental Science with a Focus on Fish and Wildlife Management.
I am incredibly thankful and excited to now lend a hand in propagating the wonderful mission of "The Zoo Scientist". Zoos play a pivotal role in the conservation of the planet's wildlife. Join us in finding out how!