Ben Lavin

Priority Species Monitor: uMkhuze

It has always been a dream of mine to live and work in the bushveld. After spending a few years traveling overseas after school, I decided it was time to realise that dream and on my return to South Africa immediately began my studies in Conservation Ecology. I am now living the dream here in Zululand and feel immensely proud and privileged to be associated with such passionate individuals and to be a part of such a focused team.

Growing up in the suburbs of Johannesburg was always difficult as a child as I longed to be surrounded by wilderness so that I could explore all its wonders. The parks in and around Jo’burg were a poor substitute, but I was lucky enough to have family and friends that often visited game reserves all around the country. Joining them on these excursions fueled my passion for wildlife and its conservation.

Traveling overseas for 3 years really opened my eyes to where the world is headed and I realised I needed to go back to where my heart belonged to help preserve our remaining natural ecosystems and wildlife. A degree in Conservation Ecology helped me understand the broad, dynamic challenges we face as conservationists today and I am now lucky enough to find myself a member of a passionate and experienced team that is making a difference in helping to conserve some of our most endangered species.

It gets tough but the challenge is welcomed by us all with the reward of knowing that you are really making a difference while constantly learning something new. The education and adventure continues every day and I think it’s safe to say that a childhood dream has been realised! I only hope that I can contribute more in ensuring the longevity of our natural heritage for generations to come.

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