I grew up in Buckinghamshire, and have always been interested in nature documentaries on tv. Before university, I spent part of my gap year in Fiji on a marine conservation project, and also travelled around New Zealand, making the most of the sights. I’m currently working at ARKive as a Species Text Author Intern whilst on a placement from the University of Bath where I am studying Biology.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on species text for the wildcat, which is a fantastic, but little known species, and few people know that this species is even found in Britain – in remote locations in Scotland.
What animal skill would you most like to have?
The ability to climb up any surface like a gecko would be an amazing talent.
Which three people would you invite to the ultimate dinner party?
Michael Palin – He would provide a good sense of humour and stories of his travels around the world.
Jeremy Clarkson – To provide a controversial point of view and opinions for the night.
Michael Jackson – His music and presence were legendary, and he could provide some brilliant after-dinner music.
Where in the world would you most like to go?
I’ve been very lucky, and have visited lots of wonderful places already. This question is very difficult, and I’m struggling to narrow it down! Having been on two safaris this year, I have definitely caught the safari bug, and would love to go either to the Okavango Delta or visit mountain gorillas in Africa. But I feel myself drawn to Borneo before deforestation ruins its beauty and I would love to visit Central America and dive on the Barrier reef off of Belize.
Which celebrity do you most look like?
I used to really look like the Milkybar Kid, so much so that I used to enter fancy dress competitions during the early years of my life. He’s a celebrity right?!
What’s the best wildlife encounter you’ve ever had?
Again, I’m struggling to narrow this down, but both have involved elephants. The first was on safari in Kenya, when I saw a male lion running away from a charging elephant defending a young calf, and then cowering under a tree whilst the elephant looked for it. I also saw a standoff between an elephant and a rhino at a water hole in Namibia. The rhino alternated between running away and charging about four times, whilst the elephant stood flicking dust at the rhino with its front foot.
What’s your favourite thing on ARKive?
One of my favourite species is the leopard. Its mysterious and elusive behaviour fascinates me.
Tell us an animal related joke.
How do you know if there is an elephant under the bed?
Your nose is touching the ceiling.