The title of this blog should really read “Nobesuthu Ngwenya joined the AWCF team”, as she has in fact been with us for a few months already (where has time gone?!). But it struck me, as I was posting some photos of her recently, that I have never properly ’introduced’ her to you all.
Nobesuthu is a third year undergraduate student at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where she is doing her BSc in Forestry Resources and Wildlife Management.
Nobesuthu joined the AWCF team in September, for her attachment year, in partnership with Chishakwe Ranch. She’s been a great addition to the team; she is a quick learner and keen to get involved in all the different aspects of our multi-disciplinary conservation project.
Here she is sorting books;
Helping out with the mobile education unit:
Helping with an emergency de-snaring of an African wild dog:
And helping out on a recent school bush camp:
Nobesuthu seems to be enjoying the experience and gaining a lot from it. In her own words, “Being part of the wild dog project has been the greatest thing that l have ever experienced. It has been a big turn round to my whole life on my character and attitude towards the beautiful things life brings us, our wildlife. I have learnt a lot about wild dog tracking, darting, collaring, comunity education, and all about conservation of wildlife, its an endless list. Working with Rosemary, the scouts and everyone in the project has been really overwhelming, they just know their stuff, I wouldn’t miss out on a chance with them to explore, learn and take up the challenge“.
It’s a great opportunity for us to be able to help guide and train a promising young Zimbabwean conservationist. Let’s hope this is the start of a long and productive career in wildlife conservation for Nobesuthu.