Roxy the Zoologistis creating Wildlife Photography, Films, and Activism for Conservation
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By supporting this tier you will be making an impact to the projects I can take on each month. The more I can say yes to, the greater impact I can have at trying to inspire others to get outside and involved in conservation initiatives themselves.
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I hold a First Class Honours degree in BSc Zoology (INT), with my Undergraduate research focusing on social learning and pack structure in African painted wolves (Lycaon pictus). After graduating, I began working as a photographer and presenter, but decided I wanted to develop these skills further so that I could have more of an impact, so in September 2019, I returned to University to study Wildlife Filmmaking at the University of West England, a course run in conjunction with the BBC NHU. Due to covid-19, my end date has been extended to June 2021. As part of this, I will be making a 12 minute documentary to raise awareness about the plight of the Sumatran orangutan and the work being done by an incredible man to help save them. I am in need of all the support that I can get to make this happen to the best of my ability, hopefully resulting in this film having a wide impact and creating some form of instrumental change.
Alongside my studies, I use social media to share my passion for the natural world with others, regularly posting photos and videos on my account, @roxythezoologist, with the goal of reconnecting people with animals and inspiring them to get outside, have fun, and get involved with conservation initiatives themselves.
After only 6 months of owning my first camera, my photography work was featured by BBC Earth, BBC UK, and BBC Brasil. I have also done lots of human portrait photography, and worked as the photographer for the #HumansOfXR campaign for the Extinction Rebellion group. This work has had editorial coverage in papers such as the Metro and the Guardian.
My love of animals and drive to save them extends to my everyday life as well. I abide to a strict plant-based diet, as well as running my own business, Zephyr Eco Market, where I sell eco-friendly alternatives to mainstream products, working closely with One Tree Planted and Painted Dog Conservation UK. I run this business entirely on my own, and any extra help will mean that I am able to invest more into this, helping me to create a greater impact. Through social media, I educate others about the threats our planet is facing, raising awareness about plastic pollution, palm-oil use, animal agriculture, the exotic pet trade, and much more, and suggest ways that we can all help to overcome these issues by living more consciously on a day-to-day basis.
I truly believe that there is hope for the future, and the more people that are inspired to get involved with conservation, the better! The more support I receive, the better I am able to achieve this goal, and the more people I can help to start up similar initiatives of their own. By supporting me on Patreon you are helping me continue with this mission, so thank you.