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Testimonial from Sophie Niemann, Co-owner and founder

Fresh out of University in the UK, with a First class Honours in Zoology, I desperately tried to get a job in conservation and research in Africa, but no one would take me seriously with no experience in the field around dangerous animals. I made the decision to do a field guiding course in Africa, which was the best career choice I ever made to get into wildlife conservation. This gave me knowledge, qualifications, experience and confidence of working in remote and challenging environments around wildlife, and suddenly employers took notice of me. After working at Makalali Game reserve as head researcher, I was privileged to work with the Okavango Lion Research centre, living in a tent and spending my days following lions. I then worked for GVI for 8 years, setting up wildlife and community conservation research programmes across Africa. After which I set up Bushwise to give other young people the opportunity I had to kick start their conservation careers.

- Sophie Niemann, Co-owner and founder