Dr. Gabriella Fazio, an Italian veterinary doctor, attended in 2011 the advanced training course in “Management and enhancement of wildlife in a controlled environment: conservation, welfare, education”.
In 2013 she obtained the Master “Ensuring a future for wild fauna: for an integrated conservation”, at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Padua in Italy, with the thesis “Elephant welfare index: pilot study on manipulated normal behaviors and on stereotypies in 14 subjects of Loxodonta africana held in three different controlled environments “.
Between 2013 and 2014 she went several times to South Africa, both within private reserves and at the National Zoological Gardens of Pretoria, participating in research projects aimed at studying welfare in African elephants kept in a controlled environment. In 2018 she participated in the Elephant Management course organized by the American Association of Zoos and Acquariums in West Virginia.
Always passionate about the protection and conservation of African biodiversity but not only, lightens her days also dedicating to the Caribbean dances and good food.
I spent two weeks in South Africa with Conservation Global in a partnered trip with Franklin University Switzerland. It is safe to say that these two weeks are by far the most memorable of my life thanks to the effort Conservation Global put into both the educational and adventurous aspects of our trip. From hiking up Lion’s Head in Cape Town, diving with Great White sharks in the Indian ocean, and near encounters with the endangered White Rhinoceros, this NGO helped plan an incredible experience for my research conservation class. If it were not for Conservation Global I do not think we could have done many of the activities we did- such as engage with students at Tsiba College on issues of sustainability on our campuses, and meet and listen to Mark Rutherford lecture on how to run Gondwana Game Reserve. I will forever be grateful for these two weeks and for all of the hard work Conservation Global put into this experience!
Conservation Global organized a dually educational and adventurous experience across South Africa. As a student I was able to learn more about apartheid and its effects on the nation from prominent political leaders. Also, I was able to better understand the needs and efforts of conservationists across the area to protect some of the worlds most endangered animals. From finding dolphins in the Indian Ocean, cage diving with great whites, and spotting lions on the game reserve, this experience reestablished the necessity in myself to protect our wild lands across the globe. If we do not protect them, who will?