Each year SORALO welcomes two summer interns through the Institutional Canopy of Conservation. Read more about them below!
Hi! I’m Elizabeth and I’m entering my fourth year of my undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montréal, Canada; however, I call the United States my home as I grew up just west of Philadelphia. I am pursuing a degree in Geography, with minors in Economics and GIS and Remote Sensing. I enjoy doing almost everything outdoors-related, and so was naturally drawn to the field of conservation as I found it a good mix between my degree and my non-academic interests. I am excited to be here helping out at SORALO as it lets me put skills I learned in my degree to good use. More specifically, I am excited to be working on GIS projects, and learning about the coexistence of wildlife and people in the region. It is also my first time to Kenya (and Africa too) and I am eager to learn and explore as much as possible!
Hi! My name is Victoria and I’m originally French and American but I spent my most formative years in Kenya, so I would consider it my home. Like Elizabeth, I’m finishing up my last year as a McGill undergrad, majoring in Geography and minoring in Environment. Growing up, I always had a keen interest in the natural world since my family spent most weekends in national parks, and I realized in high school that I wanted to spend my adult life studying the environment and putting all my efforts into protecting it. I’m incredibly grateful to be a part of the team here and play a part in achieving SORALO’s goals.
Some projects that we are or will be working on include a map displaying fences and nutrient areas (bomas) between the Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Parks, a game scout handbook, assistance with the Junior Pastoralist Conservation Programme, and updating this blog with all that is happening around the centre.