To protect our Wildlife we must conserve our Wilderness and for our Wilderness to be meaningful our Wildlife must be able to roam free within it.
My experience with WWCT.

by Volunteer on 10/2/2017 10:30:00 PM


Briony Key – July 2017
Manchester University
UK
 
Working with the Wilderness and Wildlife Conservation Trust was an incredible experience in which I learnt so much in preparation for my upcoming Master’s.  Studying in three very different research sites (Gal Oya, Dunkeld Conservation Research Station and Sigiriya) gave me an insight into Sri Lanka’s various landscapes and the effects that this has upon biodiversity. 
 
Alongside WWCT’s intern, Maddy, I aided in the research of prey abundance for leopards, using camera trapping, sand trapping and transect work.  Camera trapping was new to me when I arrived two months ago however I now feel confident in my abilities and excited to push forward with my studies.  Moreover, I was able to interact with some very kind and enthusiastic individuals who offer their support to WWCT.  The owners, managers and individuals working at all three sites made considerable efforts to help with our work in any way possible whilst offering kindness at all times. 
 
Anjali and Andrew immediately welcomed me as part of the team and made such an effort to show me what Sri Lanka had to offer.  They began showing me the ropes by taking me to the Sigiriya study site where I was able to witness their expertise first hand.  When it came to research, they taught me valuable skills that will come into practice in the future.  They also allowed me the opportunity to write several brochures, flyers and website entries which were later published and printed for the Trust. 
 
I would wholeheartedly recommend this experience to anyone with a background in conservation looking to further their skills and learn from experts who express their passion for their occupation on a daily basis.  It has been an experience unlike any other and I feel privileged to have shared it with everyone involved.  

by Volunteer on 10/4/2015 3:17:48 AM


Sashini Fernando – Ladies College, Colombo & Monash University, Australia
Jan – March 2015

 “During my time volunteering with the WWCT on the leopard project, I enjoyed working with Anjali and the WWCT team while learning more about what goes into conserving an endangered species such as the Sri Lankan leopard. I felt like a part of the team and they welcomed any questions or suggestions I made while helping out on different areas of the project. I hope to work with them again in the future and recommend it to anyone interested in working in the field of conservation”.

Sashini volunteered with us during her university vacation. She helped with the various awareness materials we use for our awareness programmes and created a stand-alone mobile poster unit on the Sri Lankan leopard.  She also helped with the conceptualising of a proposed student field ecology camp that WWCT hopes to launch in the near future.  She was unable to join us in the field due to illness.  
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