Robyn Hartley

Botswana Director

Having grown up in the rural areas of Namibia and Kenya I developed a passion for the wild places of Africa, those that are still untouched by the human footprint. Following my schooling in Kenya, I attended Rhodes University and the University of KwaZulu Natal where I completed my Honours degree in Conservation Ecology. Eager to get into the field, I ventured into Botswana and the Okavango Delta to work at a research camp whose work ranged from monitoring predators to vegetation mapping. During this time I saw the need for conservation management orientated research and monitoring in Botswana, as opposed to highly academic orientated research projects.

Following this, I stepped into the voluntourism industry for a few years, with the ambition of applying the volunteer model to genuine conservation projects within Southern Africa. During this time I met Wildlife ACT and introduced them to the various conservation issues in Botswana. After discovering our mutual passion in wildlife and specifically monitoring for conservation management, we joined forces and developed a new branch of Wildlife ACT in Botswana.