On January 3, 2023, I embarked on a transformative journey as an attachment student with Wildlife Conservation Action (WCA). Initially unfamiliar with the intricacies of community-based conservation, I found myself immersed in the enlightening realm of WCA's Mobile Boma project during my attachment. This innovative initiative significantly contributed to reducing livestock predation in the Mola community, inspiring me to centre my final year project research in the same direction.
During my tenure, I honed my skills as a team leader, collaborating closely with the Batabilili community guardians to sustain the implemented mitigation measures aimed at mitigating livestock predation in Mola. Engaging in various workshops, training, and inception meetings broadened my understanding and equipped me with the necessary knowledge to interact effectively with diverse stakeholders, fostering a harmonious coexistence.
A pivotal aspect of my experience was participation in the Maliasili and SMART training workshops. The Maliasili workshop expanded my strategic thinking, fostered teamwork, and facilitated valuable connections with fellow WCA students and staff. The SMART workshop introduced me to cutting-edge conservation technology, empowering me to make informed decisions through precise data analysis.
In retrospect, my internship at WCA proved to be an enriching and fruitful experience. It not only endowed me with new skills but also provided invaluable insights into community-based wildlife conservation. My pre-existing passion for wildlife management was further intensified by hands-on involvement in impactful projects. As a result, I am now more determined than ever to pursue advanced studies in the field, aspiring to build my future career around Human–Carnivore Coexistence projects.