Welcome Finley! He is another one of our many new volunteers this month. Finley will be a heading off to Madagascar this month to join the Varecia variegata Monitoring Team. His passion for wildlife and eagerness to learn are what set him apart and we believe he will make a great addition to our team! Check out his intro bio below
Hello! My name’s Finley and I hail from the The Yorkshire Dales in the north of England – my trip to Madagascar has been a long time in the making and I’m so excited to finally get out there and start working on the project. I’m a student studying Wildlife Conservation at Liverpool John Moores University, but my passion for wildlife has always been a very personal affair too.
I was born and spent my early years in a mountainous region of North Wales, and from there moved up north to live on the outskirts of the Yorkshire Dales national park. Wildlife, the landscape and places of natural beauty have always been an important and vital part of my existence – inspiring and bringing me comfort throughout my life.
This love for the natural world, combined with my need for change and adventure is really what pushed me to pursue a career in Wildlife Conservation. At 18 I volunteered on a sanctuary for Chacma Baboons in South Africa, and now, four years later I’m finally going to be working with primates once again.
I can’t describe how excited I am to begin my work on the Black and White Ruffed lemur project. I’m so eager to develop my skills, gain some solid experience in the field and to bare witness to the ongoing efforts of the MBP team, while contributing everything I can during my stay. Overall it’s a very exciting time for me.
In two weeks I leave the UK, landing on the island of Mauritius on the 31st of December to bring in the new year with my close friend and brother in arms Will Lister – who has spent the past three months working on the MBP Reforestation Project. We’ll spend 10 days on the island, before heading over to Antananarivo together, and from there to Kianjavato.