Kelsey Hattingh

Priority Species Monitor: uMkhuze

I grew up on a dairy farm outside Queenstown in the Eastern Cape for all of my childhood. I have therefore always been the outdoorsy type, loving animals and adventure. If I wasn’t out riding horses or milking cows I would be up in the mountain exploring for all kinds of little creatures.

When I finished my schooling I travelled and worked in the United Kingdom gaining much experience with different types of people and have always enjoyed mixing with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I completed two years of travelling before I realised that the only possible career for me involved working with animals and the environment. I proceeded to study a BSc Biological science degree at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. I completed my four years of studies with Honours in Zoology.

I have always wanted to be involved in work that served a greater purpose and made a difference not only in the conservation of African wildlife but also in the lives of other people. I ended up spending some time in Uganda after my studies working at Lake Albert Safari Lodge where I gained further experience and became even more passionate about wildlife and developing myself in a career involved in conservation and wildlife management.  I was later given the incredible opportunity to work with Wildlife ACT. I consider it a blessing to start off a career working for such an exceptional company whose vision closely aligns with my interests.

I look forward to working with the Wildlife ACT team and meeting loads of interesting people who are passionate about making a difference.