Conservation Intern (ZAMBIA)
Alison grew up in rural Zambia before starting tertiary education at Copperbelt University, where he completed a BSc in Wildlife Management. Alison is passionate about making a difference in biodiversity conservation through community outreach and ecological research, to achieve the long-term conservation of biodiversity. His interests also lie in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, climate smart agriculture, biodiversity monitoring, and human-wildlife conflict mitigation measures. During his wildlife management degree, he conducted a research project titled: 'Assessment of avian species assemblage on fig trees in urban environment of Kitwe, Zambia'. Whilst reviewing literature for his research, Alison discovered that bats also play an important ecological role in ecosystems. Since then, Alison developed an interest in bat ecology and conservation and is very passionate about bats as they are a group that needs so much of our attention. Bats are one of the most persecuted animals. Alison currently a full-time Conservation Intern to Bats without Borders in partnership with Birdwatch Zambia. His role involved a range of activities such as admin, communications and engagement activities, desk based research, and independent research and fieldwork.