Checking camera trap data in the Drakensburg Mountain range, South Africa. This was the first camera trap Leopard Survey of its kind carried out in the Drakensburg.

Checking camera trap data in the Drakensburg Mountain range, South Africa. This was the first camera trap Leopard Survey of its kind carried out in the Drakensburg.

Thandiwe Knutson

Hello. My name is Thandiwe Knutson and I live and work in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. I am the Operations Manager for an NGO conservation organisation called Wildlife ACT. We are a team of experienced conservationists working in the field 365 days of the year. Our focus is on endangered species such as African wild dog, black rhino and vultures as well as priority species including cheetah, elephant, lion, leopard and hyaena.

We as humans are only a small piece in the puzzle of the planet. Yet, our negative impact is not small. It is our responsibility, as young conservationists, to work together in rectifying and preventing further negative impacts to our wild places and threatened species. I have dedicated my studies, professional career, blood, sweat and tears to make sure I am a key figure in the fight to conserve our invaluable wildlife species.

I am most excited to join the Y4WC and CITES CoP to meet fellow young committed conservationists and explore together how we can contribute to the broader conservation field and highlight its importance in both wildlife and human preservation.