Woman in conservation interview: Kanitha Krishnasamy, TRAFFIC

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  Kanitha Krishnasamy is the Director for Southeast Asia at TRAFFIC.        Why did you choose to become a conservationist? I think in some ways conservation chose me! I’ve always had an interest in animals, and wanted to learn more about them. But the Malaysian public education system is such that you don’t often get what you want. I was offered a degree in Forestry, which was not something I had selected. Learning about the forestry industry (which…

Woman in conservation interview: Marites Gatan-Balbas, Mabuwaya Foundation

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  I am Marites Gatan-Balbas, but most people call me Tess. I am the Chief Operating Officer of the Mabuwaya Foundation. I manage the day-to-day activities of the foundation, but I love giving school lectures, organising workshops, facilitating community consultations and coordinating with our partners and collaborators.   Why did you choose to become a conservationist? I am a graduate of Forestry. My parents are farmers, but they were able to send me to the local university in Isabela Province….

Woman in conservation interview: Mirza Kusrini, Bogor University

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Mirza is a lecturer at the Faculty of Forestry & Environment, Institut Pertanian Bogor University, and a researcher, focusing on amphibians and reptiles.         How did you choose your field of study? Nature and wildlife always fascinated me when I was a child. It was not only my parents that brought me to nature, growing up I watched documentaries like Born Free and read the Adventure series of young adult books written by Willard Price. The protagonists…

Woman in conservation interview: Trang Nguyen, WildAct

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  Trang Nguyen is the Founder and Executive Director of WildAct.        Did you have a role model that influenced your decision to work in conservation? Dian Fossey definitely had a big impact in my career choice. I remember when I was very small and back in the day where wildlife conservation was a very new concept in Vietnam, I watched Gorillas in the Mist. I had some very first ideas of what conservationists and conservation researchers do…