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Reason Nyengera: From landlocked Zimbabwe to the open ocean

Reason Nyengera (with binoculars) on board a fishing trawler.
Reason Nyengera (with binoculars) on board a fishing trawler.

From landlocked Zimbabwe to the open ocean… We chat to BirdLife SA’s Albatross Task Force project manager about what it’s like to fight for the survival of these magnificent birds.

What inspired your choice of work?

I was born in a rural part of Masvingo in Zimbabwe, near the Great Zimbabwe ruins. This area in mainly populated by subsistence farmers who depend on crops and livestock for the survival of their families. As a child, I was very aware of the need to conserve our environment, since our subsistence activities were heavily dependent on natural resources. I knew that there was a need for humans to live in harmony with nature, so I pursued a BSc Honours degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management at the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe.  I moved to South Africa to further my studies and develop my career path.

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