Shauna obtained her BSc in Wildlife Conservation at DICE in July 2014. Shortly after graduating, she returned to Malaysia to immerse herself in the conservation challenges of her home country. She began an internship with Ecoteer Responsible Travel on a small Teaching & Community Project, which in the year of 2015 became a managerial position. She has just completed a year leading and developing this project, which is based within a designated marine park in the Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia.
The islands’ economy is hugely dependent on tourism where money is made working in resorts, chalets, sundry shops and operating boats for snorkelling, diving and boat taxi services. There are no roads or cars. With an existing population of sea turtles in the area, there is unfortunately a big issue with turtle egg poaching and consumption, and pollution caused by boat traffic and careless rubbish disposal. Ecoteer works closely within the local school, with villagers, tourists and volunteer travellers to spread environmental awareness and sustainable practice methods.
In 2016, Shauna will no longer be working with Ecoteer, however will be fulfilling her desire to travel and gain further hands on conservation and animal welfare experience within different organisations across South East Asia. She hopes this will prepare her to better contribute to resolving Malaysia’s conservation issues.
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