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A little bit about me and how I got here

As a child I always knew that I was going to work with animals, it was my dream.

In 2014, I realised my dream of going to South Africa to volunteer at a Wildlife Rehabilitation

centre and I met people who had studied Zoology there. That's when I made the decision to apply for Zoology at University in the UK. I got accepted to do a Masters at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus. Best thing to EVER happen to me.

Furthermore, University of Exeter offers some incredible field courses and I had the opportunity to go to South Africa for 2 weeks to study ecology and conservation. Then in my Masters year I went to Hong Kong for a course called "Global Challenges" where we studied illegal wildlife trading and sustainability. This was an amazing course as I am very passionate about illegal wildlife trading. For those interested in following the same career path as me, I opted to study a lot of modules based around mammals, behaviour and mathematical modelling (you don't need the mathematical modelling really unless you want to pursue a more research based job).

For my Masters thesis I also had the opportunity to be a field researcher on Sable Island for 6 weeks, which was absolutely incredible. I will do a separate post about this in the future. This trip also ignited my passion for wildlife photography.

Then I graduated. I couldn't find a job for a long time, to keep myself busy I was photographing peoples horses for a small amount of money. But then an opportunity came up and I applied for a job as a Volunteer Manager and Photography Project manager in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. And here I am.

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Good luck Hanna!

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