Hi! My name is Eleanor Hackett and I am in my first year at The University of Exeter, studying my dream course, Zoology.
This July I have been given the life-changing opportunity to work with a small group of fellow students on several projects in South Africa. We will be focusing on past and future conservation of the magnificent Nile Crocodile as well as understanding relocation and rehabilitation of other African animals including Cheetahs and Elephants. We will also spend some time studing an extremely important Estuary in Kosi Bay, highlighting the necessity of sustainable resource usage within Mangrove habitats - something I am extremely passionate about. This type of trip is essential to understand the anthropological impacts of poaching, pollution and habitat loss on endangered species (a potential subject for my third year dissertation!).
I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am in order to forge a career in conservation and sustainability which is necessary for the future of the planet. However, it is essential to have hands-on experience with wild animals in order to stand out for potential projects in the future. Unfortunately, this comes with a high price tag. With Wild Africa Trails, the cost of the trip itself is in excess of £2000. As a group we are already fundraising at university but I still have a long way to go.
“The objective of Africa Wild Trails is to provide the very highest quality experiential learning programmes in countries where the impact of the experience will be deep and memorable, with partners who are highly qualified and experienced in the areas of conservation, anti-poaching, survival, community engagement and cultural diversity…” Angus Wingfield (Director AWT)
Please help me to follow in the footsteps of some of my heroes (including Sir David Attenborough, yes that is him with me in the picture!!!). Every little helps :)
Thank you so much!