Michelle is a Masters student in the Biological Sciences Department, University of Cape Town. Raised all over Africa, she was always surrounded by natural beauty, and it was its presence and disappearance that drove Michelle into studying wild carnivores and understanding their conservation needs and priorities. During her BSc Honours year, Michelle worked closely with Wildlife ACT studying African wild dog range use in Zululand, KZN. Her current project, in collaboration with Singita, SANParks and Pathera, is exploring whether meso-carnivores in the southern region of the Kruger National Park are declining and explore possible reasons for this. Her long-term goals include undertaking adaptive conservation projects and research to gain a better understanding into wild animal population dynamics and human-wildlife conflicts.