Hello, and welcome to my blog. This is where I unpack some of my experiences. I was born and raised in Johannesburg city, but my heart has always belonged in the wilderness. The conservation of wildlife and the preservation of our natural spaces has been a lifelong mission. From a young age, I joined as many local volunteer initiatives as I could. This led me to study Nature Conservation. Over the past few years, I have worked on several conservation projects in the South African bush. Through my time in the field, I have been fortunate enough to work in spectacular reserves across the country and participate in some fantastic initiatives.
Through this platform, I would like to share some of my personal experiences in the field and give every person a small window into the fascinating world of conservation.
Why Mopani Monkey?
The name was inspired by the mopane worm - an iconic caterpillar native to Southern Africa. Being high in protein, they serve as an important food source for birds and rural communities.
They are also important nutrient recyclers, feeding primarily on the mopane tree after which they are named. The caterpillars transform into beautiful, bold emperor moths.
And I guess, the monkey being a universal symbol of whimsy, aptly captures the essence of this platform. Being in the field, I seldom get time to keep this blog updated. But I hope to produce good content, in a chilled, digestible way.