I’m Jaz, a 23 year old Wildlife Conservation student living in Bristol. Although I previously graduated with a first class honours degree in English Literature from the University of Bristol, animals and the natural world have always been a crucial influence and inspiration for me. So in 2019 I decided to head back to university for the second time round and fully engage with the field which I feel both a passion and responsibility towards. Immersing myself in wildlife proved amazingly easy since I am privileged to have Bristol Zoo as my campus, meaning I am surrounded by fascinating species and pioneering projects on a daily basis. My interests extend from ‘hands-on’ animal care to the implementation of conservation initiatives both here in the UK and oversees and also to science communication, providing educational nature material through writing and the use of media. Over the years, I have been lucky enough to work for and volunteer with an array of fantastic organisations, ranging from animal husbandry placements in zoological parks to charity fundraising positions and wildlife journalism experiences. I have had the chance to write for both BBC Wildlife and Countryfile and spent my weekends during my past academic year volunteering at the North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre – you’ll be able to find lots of photographs of some of their amazing species on my ‘Photography’ page. This academic year I have been volunteering with the Wildlife Group at the Community Farm in Chew Magna, where we have been encouraging and sustaining biodiversity by building wildlife habitats such as hedgehog houses and ‘hibernacula’, among other activities. I am also a central volunteer for StreetVet, an amazing charity that works with homeless people and their animals.