Rob has been working at Fauna & Flora International since summer 2008, after working abroad for a couple of years as a Project and Expedition Leader for a gap year travel company.
Rob spent most of his time in Swaziland and southern Africa, working on community and conservation projects to help protect Africa’s amazing wildlife whilst improving the lives of its people.
Rob's job is split between our Asia-Pacific Programme and the Rapid Response Facility, an emergency conservation intervention initiative for UNESCO natural World Heritage sites facing acute threats to biodiversity. The Facility is run in conjunction with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
Ty Kramerfield smashed his fundraising target of £500 for donations to go towards rhino conservation in Kenya. FFI is involved with the management of Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya’s Central Highlands. This Conservancy holds the largest population of black rhinos in East Africa.
The Conservancy was also the destination for four northern white rhinos, likely to be extinct in the wild, translocated in December 2009 back to their African home from a zoo in the Czech Republic. The rhinos have been acclimatising all year and have settled in to their new home as well as could have been hoped.
The funds that Ty has raised will contribute to the ongoing costs of looking after the rhinos and encouraging natural breeding. As only a handful of these animals remain in captivity, a successful birth at Ol Pejeta could be one of the last chances to save the genes of the species.
In 2007, Ty raised over £300 for FFI’s Siamese crocodile conservation work by running 23 laps around the grounds of his house. We continue to receive good reports from this project in Cambodia. This summer FFI successfully hatched 13 Siamese crocodiles after discovering a nest in the remote Cardamom Mountains.
Ty has always been a wildlife enthusiast and wants to embark on a career in conservation when he enters the working world in a few years’ time.