Stacey Klein Snakenborg
I was born in Gauteng, in a small town known as Springs, where I lived with my family until we all moved to Empangeni, KZN. I grew up with animals and always found that I get on better with them than people. I spent a lot of time outdoors – camping and visiting different natural areas as a child. I believe it is from this that my love for animals, plants and the environment grew. I always knew that I wanted to work with animals (originally as a vet) but then started working with wild animals in their homes and realised this is where I wanted and needed to be.
I studied Nature Conservation through the University of South Africa and completed my practical year at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park – completing my diploma and I am now busy with my postgraduate degree, hoping to do a Masters in the future. During this time, I learnt a lot about the need for conservation and started working with lions and just got hooked. This is now my fourth year in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and my third year monitoring the lion population.
While working in the park, I worked with Wildlife ACT monitors – monitoring endangered & priority species. I’ve done a lot of different work in the park monitoring species and looking for black rhinos and lion-kill sites. I absolutely love the work I do and can’t imagine myself doing anything else.