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Melissa Farrelly
Melissa Farrelly
Sanctuary
Mt Gibson
Position
Sanctuary Manager- Mt Gibson
Special skills / qualifications
BSc- Conservation Biology and Biological Sciences; Masters in Applied Science- Wildlife Health and Population Management.
What did you do before AWC?
Senior Wildlife Ranger, NT Parks and Wildlife; and Pest Management Officer, Arid Recovery SA.
Favourite animal protected by AWC
Numbat.
Favourite place on an AWC sanctuary
Watching the sunset over the old growth mallee trees here at Yookamurra.
Top three animals you would like to see (or have seen) in the wild
Hard to pick but probably Gorillas in Rwanda, Leopards in Serengeti and Orangutans in Borneo.
If you could visit any three places on the planet
Back to Africa, maybe Madagascar, Amazon and to see more of Australia.
Other interesting stuff
I've caught crocs, snakes, roos and koalas - all the 'iconic' species; but my real area of interest is dealing with the threats to wildlife, like pest management.

I love cooking, when I get the time!