Rae Chandlay

Priority Species Monitor: Leopard Survey

I was born and raised in Johannesburg City, but ever since I was about 6 minutes old I knew that protecting wildlife was my calling. After working for what seemed like eons in the corporate world and studying part-time, I finally conjured up the courage to ditch the “corporate ladder” and pursue a career in conservation. I completed my diploma in Nature Conservation and never looked back. During my internship year, I worked on the Wattled Crane Recovery Programme in the Free State pairing these majestic birds for breeding. After graduating, I worked on a reserve in the Cradle of Humankind until I was introduced to wildlife monitoring and spent close to two years as a freelance volunteer coordinator. This was when Wildlife ACT first appeared on my radar and after a considerable amount of stalking, I finally became part of the pack! Now home is wherever the Leopard Survey takes me and I am deeply honoured to play a role in the conservation of this magnificent species.