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Dr Leah Kemp
Dr Leah Kemp
Sanctuary
ScotiaYookamurraBuckaringaMallee CliffsThe Pilliga
Position
Wildlife Ecologist (SE)
Special skills / qualifications
BSc (Hons) Ecology;
PhD (ecology, conservation biology & reintroduction biology) - the reintroduction of a previously extinct species, the SA mainland Tammar Wallaby.
What did you do before AWC?
I undertook a pretty unique PhD, which reintroduced the South Australian mainland Tammar Wallaby back onto the Australian mainland after it had been thought to be extinct since the early 1930s!
Favourite animal protected by AWC
Generally whatever animal I'm looking at or holding at the time, but I have a soft spot for mammals and geckos. In particular, Western Pygmy Possums, furred Boodie pouch young and smooth Knob-tailed Geckos.
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
Sunrise, early morning, late afternoon and sunset brings out the best on every property! I'm forever pinching myself as to how gorgeous my surroundings are. If only a camera could do it justice!
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
I adore the character of otters, the vulnerability of juvenile Western Pygmy Possums, and am yet to see the power of African animals in the wild.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
I love to experience diversity and extremes, from deserts to rainforests and tropical islands, wherever they might be.
Other interesting stuff
I love being active, having fun adventures (the more unique the better) and spending quality time with friends/family.. all three simultaneously is ideal!