Manager of the African Cranes, Wetlands and Communities Programme at the Endangered Wildlife Trust
Kerryn is manager of the African Cranes, Wetlands and Communities Programme at the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Before taking over the position in January Kerryn Filled various other roles at the environmental NGO. These included manager of the African Wattled Crane Programme and Ground Hornbill Working Group, national operations manager for the South African Crane Working Group, and field officer for the Raptor Conservation Group and the Poison Working Group.
With a BSc (Hons) and an MSc in wildlife management, both from the University of Pretoria, her passion has always been hands-on work in linking communities and conservation outside of protected areas.
Her present job involves supporting community-based projects in sub-Saharan Africa aimed at conserving cranes, among the most threatened bird species in the region. Kerryn believes more value needs to be attached to the environment in the triple bottom line of social, economic and environmental concerns. “With open communication at all community and stakeholder levels, the environment could be sustained for future generations at a level where ecosystem services function optimally for the benefit of people and wildlife,” she says.
Kerryn’s hobbies include diving, horse-riding, walking and reading.
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