Books

How to Conserve Conservationists

How to Conserve Conservationists is an autobiographical journey through Jessie Panazzolo’s experience in founding a global community of budding and burnt out conservationists. Sharing her personal stories, research and observations, she shares some care instructions with the reader to help them look after the conservationists in their lives. A thought-provoking read about language, relationships and mental health and how these topics impact the people who conserve our natural world.

“‘How To Conserve Conservationists’ is a must-read. This fantastic little book can be summed up in one statement:
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
As conservationists we can feel alone in so many ways. Being surrounded by people but feeling cripplingly lonely because none of them understands your career. When you know how broken your industry is, that it’s not okay to work for free for years, it’s not okay to never be able to plan or have savings, it’s almost impossible to explain to people outside of the sector why you keep going.

Jessie puts her experiences out there, with all the vulnerability that comes with talking about mental health and the low points, self-doubt and struggles we have to endure. What she’s done with the lonely conservationist movement, this book, the accompanying podcasts and the blogs is amazing. Reading this book won’t guarantee you a job, it won’t solve all your problems and it isn’t a how-to guide. This book is a comforting hug. It’s someone who understands what you’re going through, telling you that you’re doing a good job, despite what others say.

Jessie is fighting for the changes needed in our industry. She’s relatable, inspirational and one of us. I’m proud to be part of her growing community.

– Jamie Sneddon (Field biologist and ecologist)

The Secret Life of Conservationists

The Secret Life of Conservationists is a compilation of stories from members of the global online community, Lonely Conservationists.

On the heels of her autobiographical journey outlined in How to Conserve Conservationists, Jessie Panazzolo provides this book as a platform for other voices to add to the narrative of what it really means to be an advocate for wildlife and natural spaces.

In an industry that is often glamorised by the media, this book holds space for individuals from diverse nations to speak on the commonalities of working in conservation around the world. Touching on mental health, isolation and resilience, this is a poignant read that will open your eyes to the un-glamorous world of nature conservation.

All profits from this book will go to the Scrappy Fund, where conservationists from the community can access the money to put towards their conservation efforts!