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Explained in less than 200 characters – Forests

There is a lot of difficult terminology in nature conservation, which can make it uninviting for people without a background in Nature conservation. Therefore, I am starting a series where I explain this difficult terminology, I explain it short and easy so everybody can understand them. Regardless of the fact if you studied in nature conservation or not. Today will be part 1 of the …

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My graduation research on trees and arthropods in South Africa

This week I will tell you all about another step I had on my road to Africa. To finish my bachelor I had to do a graduation research, a thesis or dissertation. Different countries, different names. I wanted to find my own placement to do my research and, of course, preferably in Africa. After many many emails and a lot of time later I found …

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Thrilling white water rafting on the Nile in Uganda

The waters of the Nile flow from Lake Victoria at Jinja, Uganda. Before its 6700-kilometre journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. Several whitewater raft guides are operating near the town of Jinja that offers day trips. Down a 20 kilometre stretch of the White Nile River through eight world-class rapids. These rapids are in the classes V, IV, III and II. By a few …

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My bachelor internship in down under Australia

The first half of 2019 I spend in Australia, I was here for an internship that I did for my bachelor in Tropical Forestry. I did my internship in Uganda first but decided to stop it. I will tell you more about that later. For this internship, I stayed in Cairns, Queensland for four months and in that time I was working for Cairns And …

The Muskox in Norway, the amazing comeback from extinction

These funny looking animals are called a ‘Muskox’ and even though they might look more like an ox, as the name suggests as well. They are actually closer related to sheep and goats. These animals are between 1.10 and 1.50 meter tall on the shoulders and both male and female have these long curled horns. It has two different types of fur, the stay warm …

The great barrier reef, the largest coral reef in the world

Last year, in 2019, I spend half a year in Australia for my bachelor. I was doing my internship in Cairns and used part of my free time to get my PADI and go snorkelling and diving on the great barrier reef as much as possible. Many of the dive companies in Cairns, you have to opportunity to sign up for a volunteer list. You …

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Endangered species, what exactly does this mean?

On Instagram I often talk about ‘endangered species’ or ‘vulnerable species’, but what does this mean? And why do we put these labels on certain animals and plants? These categories are selected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). They use an internationally accepted standard of conservation categories for the status of rare and endangered species. I will go by all the 9 …

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My amazing Erasmus exchange in beautiful winter wonderland Norway

My experience as an exchange student As part of my bachelor, I went on an Erasmus exchange to Norway. It is pretty clear by now that I like to go abroad for new adventures. So, I was looking throughout Europe for an interesting exchange program. I also looked for Erasmus exchange programs to do outside of Europe, but the costs for this were so high …

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Trekking the endangered mountain gorilla in Uganda, an amazing adventure

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park When I was travelling for two weeks through Uganda the Gorilla trekking was my absolute highlight. It was my first time on mainland Africa, and although it was amazing to go on my first safaris. Seeing lions, elephants, giraffes and many more. But nothing was as special as seeing the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Part …

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The ultimate goal to achieve in my nature conservation career

‘What do you want to be when you are old’ The question that you asked, and got asked, countless times when you were a child. And what did you answer? Teacher? Mom? Firefighter? I would have never guessed at that age I would say ‘working on nature conservation in Africa’. But yes, that is what I want to do when I am old. My goal …