Lincoln graduate embarking on a dream opportunity working in Ethiopia 

 
Lincoln graduate Thomas Trew has just embarked on a dream opportunity working in Ethiopia conducting behavioural and ecological research on Gelada baboons.
 

Thomas studied BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour and Welfare at Lincoln and graduated in 2015. He really enjoyed experience of University and has fantastic memories of his time at Lincoln.

He told us: “The field trips on my course were my favourite. We got to visit some beautiful parts of the country and gain valuable experience of gathering and analysing data in the field.

“During my degree, I volunteered to work at Riseholme Farm during lambing season.Work included general farm chores like cleaning and remaking living spaces, feeding and filling up the water for the sheep. The lambing specific work included checking on the health of lambs, tagging, tail docking, bottle feeding and herding.”

  Thomas Trew
After University Thomas went straight to Namibia where he volunteered at Harnas wildlife foundation where he cared for and rehabilitated injured and orphaned animals.

Thomas told us: “I was able to interact with and have some incredible and very personal experiences with many different species of African wildlife, from hand raising cheetah cubs and baby Chacma baboons, to caring for fully grown cheetahs, leopards and lions.“I also helped with radio tracking successfully reintroduced cheetahs in the wild, to keep updated on their health and welfare. I came back with a lot of stories and a wealth of memories and experiences that will stay with me for life.”
  Thomas Trew


After Thomas’s experience in Namibia he was determined to return to Africa and decided to go down the path of conservation scientific research.Thomas was lucky enough to secure a position as a Project Manager and Research Assistant in the Guassa Mountains of Ethiopia. 

He told us: “My Animal behaviour and welfare degree helped me when applying for Guassa research project manager position by showing to the employers I have experience researching animal behaviour and ecology; but the biggest help was my dissertation. Being able to show you are able to conduct independent research is great when applying for research positions. 

“I will be camping in the mountains the Gelada baboons inhabit at around 3600m above sea level” said Thomas  “The research I am conducting is part of an ongoing project that is run by Dr. Peter J. Fashing and Dr. Nga Nguyen, both professors at California state University, Fullerton.”

To find out more about the research project visit: http://anthro.fullerton.edu/gelada/ 

 

 

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