James launched his wildlife conversation career in Northeast Thailand working in radio telemetry, tracking the world’s longest venomous snake, the King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah). After gaining invaluable fieldwork experience and taking the opportunity to travel Asia, James then returned to Europe to embark on a role as
a behavioural research assistant, working for the Max-Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology. James spent two months working with Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) carrying out observational research and recording their behaviours to help understand their general life patterns and social structures.
With plans to work across the globe with as many different species as he can, James has now taken up his next project working with turtles. Aptly titled ‘Marine Turtle Intern’, James is based on the remote South Atlantic island of Ascension, where he is supporting conservation efforts and research into turtle reproduction.
I’m thrilled to finally be out in the field contributing to real life wildlife conservation. My degree gave me the vital context needed to fully understand the purpose of the work of conservationists – and ultimately it’s been my ticket to travel the world!