Lauren Offord

Priority Species Monitor: Leopard Survey

From a young age I have always had a strong admiration and respect for nature. At the age of 2 my parents took me on camping trips through the Okavango Delta in Botswana and through the Kruger National Park, and this is where my love stemmed from. I knew that I had to somehow make the African bush my office, so I spend 4 years at Rhodes University studying towards my Zoology Honours degree in African vertebrae biodiversity and graduated in 2017.

I have been lucky enough to study and work in a few provinces in South Africa where I have been privileged to enjoy the beauty and uniqueness of each. In 2018 I worked as a research assistant on the Coastal Primate Project in Plettenberg Bay. However, throughout the years, knowing the threats our big cats are facing, I knew I wanted to be a part of the efforts to conserve them. Wildlife ACT is an organisation I have been following for some years, and I now find myself part of this amazing team of people working in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa towards the conservation and protection of our iconic Leopards, which is an absolute privilege and a dream come true.