Jarryd Foster

Priority Species Monitor: iMfolozi

Growing up just outside Durban meant the bush was never far away. School holidays usually consisted of fishing trips up the Zululand coast or camping in game reserves. Not surprisingly, I soon developed a deep love and appreciation for the African bush.

Looking to pursue a career in the natural field, I completed a BSc Honours in Biodiversity and Ecology at Stellenbosch University. I was fortunate enough to carry out my thesis fieldwork in the Kruger National Park, which was an incredible experience. After my studies, I briefly returned to the Kruger to work as a field assistant before I was given the opportunity to work for Wildlife ACT. All it took was a glance at the job description and I was in!

I feel very privileged to work so closely with some of Africa’s most charismatic and threatened species, and I’m excited to make a meaningful contribution to African wildlife conservation.