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Helen Crisp
Helen Crisp
Sanctuary
Yookamurra
Position
Field Ecologist / Wildlife Educator
Special skills / qualifications
I have a BSc (Hons) in ecology, 10 year’s field experience with threatened species reintroductions, and working with conservation initiatives and experiments that are centred around fenced reserves.
What did you do before AWC?
I was in Canberra working with the ANU Mulligans Flat Goorooyarroo Woodland Experiment for four years. Prior to that I was at Arid Recovery, near Roxby Downs South Australia for six years and prior to that I was working at Haigh’s Chocolates in Melbourne while completing honours (and yes there were free samples involved and yes they were amazing!)
Favourite animal protected by AWC
All of them
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
Having only been with AWC for a short time there are still a lot of places and sanctuaries to explore. However the ‘high point’ at Yookamurra which is actually 10m above the lowest point at Yookamurra is a surprisingly nice spot for the view.
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
Any animal I see co-existing in the presence of the wide variety of threats out there has my vote.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
I love traveling and seeing new places (near and far) so it is difficult to list just three, but my parent’s place in East Gippsland, Victoria is always up there for a destination and I would love to explore some of the deserts and national parks in north America.
Other interesting stuff
I’ve shot a feral cat (and dissected it) on national television. On a different note, Nadia Comaneci (first gymnast to score a perfect 10) and Jane Goodall were my childhood inspirations and I have met them both!