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Dr Viyanna Leo
Dr Viyanna Leo
Sanctuary
The PilligaMallee Cliffs
Position
Wildlife Ecologist
Special skills / qualifications
BSc (Hons) Ecology;
PhD in ecology and conservation biology – researching the effects of dingos as trophic regulators in the northern tropics
What did you do before AWC?
I have a background in human wildlife conflict and animal behaviour. Before my PhD I lived and worked in Botswana researching human - lion conflict then started a research project studying the behaviour and genetics of the brown hyaena. I also spent my spare time coordinating outreach and educational programs with the local orphanage.
Favourite animal protected by AWC
The beautiful and feisty northern quoll
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
Soon to be discovered
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
I would love to see polar bear, mountain gorilla and clouded leopard in the wild
If you could visit any three places on the planet
Antarctica, Madagascar and Romania… can I add more!
Other interesting stuff
I once had a lion pee on my tent while I was inside!