At the end of 2018 I travelled to far north tropical Queensland. Most of my time was spent at the Great Barrier Reef and in the Daintree Rainforest, two world heritage listed sites. Swimming with black tipped reef sharks and monitoring the pups was the highlight of the trip!

At the end of 2018 I travelled to far north tropical Queensland. Most of my time was spent at the Great Barrier Reef and in the Daintree Rainforest, two world heritage listed sites. Swimming with black tipped reef sharks and monitoring the pups was the highlight of the trip!

Annabel Rose Anderson

My name is Annabel Anderson and I am from Sydney, Australia. I am a second year student studying a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Security Studies. Complementing my studies, I am an intern for the Jane Goodall Institute Australia and a research assistant for the New South Wales Greens Party.

Wildlife conservation plays a critical role in my professional, academic and personal life. I am passionate about the conservation of Great Apes, particularly preventing the illegal trafficking of chimpanzees. I believe that adopting and enforcing stringent environmental legislation whilst also promoting alternative income generation schemes is vital to protect social livelihoods and prevent wildlife crime. I am also a strong proponent of marine conservation, in particular, campaigning to ban single-use plastics at my university and advocating against the installation of drumlines and shark nets on the Australian coastline.

I feel so privileged to be joining the Y4WC contingent at the CITES CoP. It will be an exciting time of innovation, cross-cultural communication and international networking that will immerse us in wildlife conservation, ultimately empowering future eco-leaders.