James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

South Africa

UmPhafa Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal, is home for the next two months. I first saw a conservation project at work in the rainforests of Eastern Madagascar. As a teenager, this had a huge impact, leading me on a number of subsequent expeditions and to study Biology at University. One of the biggest things I’ve learned, is that there really is no substitute to getting involved and witnessing conservation in action, first hand.

So for the next two months I’ll be based in Kwa-Zulu Natal, 6000 miles away in South Africa. Here I’ll be helping out with Action for the Wild, the charitable arm of Colchester Zoo who are dedicated to researching and conserving animal species around the world. Here they are working to rehabilitate the area, by reintroducing species that once disappeared through farming and agriculture.

I’ll be writing regularly from the field, so stay tuned for updates!