Natasha (the Forever Field Assistant)

Story written by Natasha Bartolotta With my shirt sticking to my back and muddy water spilling into my boots, I trudged through the swamp forest of Sumatra deciding, once again, to extend my time at an orangutan research field station. I had been there for 15 hot, humid months and had already extended my stay […]

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Patrick (Overqualified and under-prepared)

Story written by Patrick Tomkins This isn’t a conservation success story. It might be one day, but it definitely isn’t yet. Like most people here, I’ve always wanted to work in conservation. I’ve never once considered doing anything else. When I finished school, I followed a fairly predictable pathway – BA, BSc (hons), then a […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Black and white and red all over

Written by Jessie Panazzolo What is black and white and red all over? An embarrassed conservationist who couldn’t see the shades of grey. I feel like it is time to divulge a little into my own childhood for this particular story and maybe its time to share with you all how I have grown up […]

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Ren (Queer and Here)

Story Written by Ren Weinstock When I think about where I am right now, in this moment, sitting in a cafe (the only working cafe within half an hour of my new temporary home), writing this blog that’s supposed to summarise who I am and how I got here and where I’m going – all […]

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Sarah (Finding a purpose beneath the waves)

Story written by Sarah Munro-Kennedy I remember the day that I realised my purpose in life was to protect sea life. It was a few days after an event that occurred on December 26, 2004. I was 16 and on my first international scuba diving trip with my parents in Thailand. We had just gotten […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Being Lonely in Conservation

Written by Jessie Panazzolo I don’t know this for certain, but I am pretty sure that when people in most other walks of life choose their professions, they do not feel the impending doom of choosing their job over proper social interactions and opportunities for relationship building. I know that growing up I never considered […]

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Nathan (Escaping Culture)

Story Written by Nathan Leanne  Pinpointing an exact time or reason I’m drawn to conservation is quite impossible; I honestly believe that it really is just an extension of who I am. I was born and raised in rural northern Victoria, the youngest of three boys. from a low-income family living in public housing that […]

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Fen (Wildflowers)

Story written by Fen Calidris I lost it all two years ago. I was pursuing my degree in environmental biology at my local university. I was about ¾ of the way through and the end was in sight. I squelched through wetlands and muddy wet pine savannas to discover plants and animals I had never […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Impostors of Conservation

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Speaking to individuals of the Lonely Conservationist community I am amazed at their knowledge, field skills and general attitude towards conservation. After speaking with them for a while I realise how fortunate I am to be learning so much and having a conversation I know a lot of others would benefit […]

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Carolina (Just keep swimming)

Story written by Carolina Gamez Brunswick My history in biology began when I was little. I think all biologists have that curiosity from childhood and that great love of nature. The moment I realised that I had to study to become a biologist was when I saw a Discovery Channel moment, in which they did […]

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Morgane (This story is not a fairytale)

Story by Morgane Ristic Here is a brief story showing how much getting out of your comfort zone can change your life for the best.  “Take the risk or lose the chance.” My name is Morgane, I am 21 and I started what would be a career of conservation without truly being aware of it. […]

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Nia (Education or Activism)

Story by Nia Jones I’m not quite sure where my passion for the environment started. I have early memories of dragging my parents to a local recycling centre with homemade bins (home recycling wasn’t a thing then) and winning a green ‘Blue Peter’ badge for my letter to the programme about recycling dehumidified water to […]

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Gina (Know your worth)

Story written by Gina Zanarini I was seven years old. It was career day at school. I walked into class clad head to toe in explorer-like khaki, with a rubber snake draped around my neck and toy lizards glued to the rest of me. I had to explain to my small town teacher not only […]

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Amanda (Wolves lead the way)

Story written by Amanda Gabryszak Early Adventures Sometimes it’s hard for me to identify just where my journey started. Was it when I was a Lion King obsessed toddler? Or the strange wolf dreams I had as a teenager? Did it start with my going vegetarian, or adopting dogs? My best answer is that my […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Education and Conservation

Written by Jessie Panazzolo A common focus around the discussions I have been having since creating this community has been education. Some people don’t believe they have had enough formal training to identify as a conservationist, some people are trying to figure out which tertiary education path to take to maximise their potential in the […]

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Louise (The inescapable disaster that was my trip to Indonesia)

Story written by Louise Cordery I left university having completed a zoology degree, full of hopes and dreams of becoming a successful force in the world of conservation. Primates were (are) my great love, lemurs in particular having studied their behaviour for my undergrad thesis. So imagine my absolute elation at being offered a Research […]

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Gabrielle (Better late than never)

Story written by Gabrielle Bradley  My story is one of the joys, and regrets, of coming to Conservation and Land Management at an (cough…) older age. As a child living in suburban Melbourne, my family would often head out into the bush because my Dad loved getting out there, and I still remember him packing […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: How Lonely Conservationists changed my life

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Looking at the Instagram page I created a mere eighteen days ago, I never expected to see the 300 Lonely Conservationists who had joined me in my plight to make conservation a little less lonely. I also never expected to get a message on every single one of those eighteen days […]

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Moira (Macaques and Masters)

 Story by Moira  Wilputte For as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about animals and the environment. I grew up in a city but had the chance to have grandparents who taught me to love and respect nature. As a teenager, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do but it […]

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A little goes a long way

Written by Jessie Panazzolo Imagine a world where you are me and you are sitting on my family couch with my mother and she starts talking to you about McDonald’s straws. Are you immersed? Good. Because this was the first of two very similar situations I was in where I was about to say the […]

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Nayla (Conservation: Dreams, Values and Stigmas)

Story by Nayla Azmi How my story began… Am I a conservationist? I don’t think I am. What I consider about myself is that I love my forest to pieces and want to contribute to it. The first time I bumped into conservation was when I studied English Literature as a student at the Univeristy […]

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Jade (Love and science)

Story By Jade Arneson I grew up fortunate enough to have woods, a creek, and 40 acres of farm land as my back yard. I spent considerable time outside as a kid. I clearly remember walking through the field and standing atop the hay bales, wandering down to the creek to have a picnic lunch, […]

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Racheal (Zoology Mama)

Story by Racheal Bennett In my imaginary world, I’d write some detailed story behind it all, but realistically I’ll only have 5 minutes to jot something down before having to entertain a 4 year old, get back to work, school or my main focus in Abronia conservation. Since before I could remember, it was all […]

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Jessie (Valuing myself)

Story by Jessie Panazzolo It’s a Saturday night and I am sitting around a dinner table having beers and laughing with friends, when all of a sudden I am the victim of an intense interrogation scene. I hear my partner share his frustrations about the way I had been volunteering for an organisation for six […]

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