The days have all started to blur into one a little, even though they’re very different in the details. This week I had three ‘O’ (early) shifts and two ‘L’ (guess…) shifts.
Now I’ve gotten through my first full working week here, I’m beginning to find my rhythm a little. I always think of the first week somewhere new as something of write-off as you’re always playing catch-up, learning where everything is and how everything works. The second week always seems to … Continue reading “ZP Week Two: Highs and Lows” →
Yes, she is named after Dolly’s Jolene, but you can’t expect non-native English speakers to get the spelling right all the time. The common wisdom here is that you will fall in love with the first seals you properly look after, and Pyza and Nessy from Quarantine 2 will always … Continue reading “Joline, Joline, Joline, Joline…” →
Days Three and Four: Quarantine Training Two days are dedicated to training in the quarantines, and thank god. These are self contained little rooms with a small pool, a kitchen, and a plateau, all of which can be gated off. This is Fase 1, where new arrivals and the sickest … Continue reading “ZP Week One: Quarantine Training and My First Day” →
Next week I am off to the Netherlands to spend 14 weeks as a seal care volunteer at Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, a large and renowned seal rescue and rehabilitation centre.
In 2016 I joined the Limpopo Dwarf Mongoose Project as a Research Assistant. This is a long term behavioural study. Mongoosers (an informal title) work 6 days a week collecting data and carrying out experiments. The work is with habituated mongoose groups so you can really observe them closely. Dwarf … Continue reading “Review: Research Assistant at the Limpopo Dwarf Mongoose Project” →
Sophie is an MSci Zoology graduate who is soon off to work as a project manager in South Africa on the Dwarf Mongoose Project (where she was my wonderful roommate when we were research assistants!) – I’ll leave the rest for her to explain in her own words.
In June 2015 I joined the Ionian Dolphin Project (IDP) run by the Tethys Research Institute for a week. This is a long-term research project on the bottlenose dolphins in the Ambravikos Gulf and other dolphins and marine mammals in the waters around Kalamos. (All photos by Joan Gonzalves of the IDP)
Six years later, I might finally have the distance, age and experience to reflect on the turtle conservation project I joined for a month when I was 16. It’s safe to say I learned a lot, and equally safe to say not much of it was about turtles. It had … Continue reading “Review: Turtle Conservation in Mexico with Projects Abroad” →
This is me! I’m a recent Zoology graduate currently working an office job in Bristol. Over the next year I have two volunteer positions confirmed – at a seal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands, and a sea turtle research project in Costa Rica.