We would like to welcome Camilla to the Primate and Predator Project. We are very pleased that she will be working with us until July next year.
Camilla has just finished her second year at Cardiff University where she is studying BSc Zoology. During the third year of this course the University offers the chance to take a Professional Training Year (PTY) whereby pupils can work in their chosen industry for a year to gain experience. Camilla would like to go into research and is particularly interested in social and reproductive behaviour in mammals, and so she contacted Dr. Russell Hill who offered her the opportunity to come to Lajuma for 10 months working with the Primate and Predator Project. At Lajuma she will be primarily undertaking research on the samango monkey.
This is Camilla’s first time in South Africa but in July she attended a field course in Borneo where she had the opportunity to study primates such as the Proboscis Monkey. She also did many other things such as tree surveys, amphibian surveys and bird surveys and ringing. Camilla has also been fortunate enough to gain some small experience bird ringing in mid-Wales. In 2010 she took an internship in zoo management and conservation at Khao Kheow Zoo Thailand, where she learned to understand the roles of zoos in conservation and how they work, and to witness first hand their clouded leopard breeding project.
Camillia is from the southeast coast of England between Brighton and London in the South downs. She has 2 brothers and a sister and lots of pets! In the future she hopes to work in research, maybe with wolves or African wild dogs. Her other passion in life is breakdancing.