Kaylee van Heerden

Priority Species Monitor: Leopard Survey

I studied a BSc Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University and jumped straight into the field after graduation. I first realised I wanted to be involved in ecotourism when I got my position as Volunteer Project Manager for an organisation focusing on the wildlife-conflict between desert elephants and humans in the communities of Damaraland, Namibia. This incredible position allowed me to experience wildlife at its purest and exposed me to working with volunteers. I then went on to work on a game reserve in the Eastern Cape – gaining more hands-on experience with animals as well as guest relations. Since November 2017, I have been involved with Wildlife ACT and am privileged to be based on the Leopard Survey project.