Mary – NSW
My name is Mary, I am 18 years old and live in Wollongong, NSW. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Human Geography. I’ve been passionate about animals since a young age, and this passion has developed a sense of responsibility to protect and conserve our wildlife and environment.I have been a Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) volunteer at Taronga Zoo since 2013, and a staff member since 2015, and was lucky enough to see Dr Jane speak at Taronga in 2014. I believe that it is so important not to view environmental issues as being isolated from social issues, and I think finding solutions that serve to benefit both people and the environment is key in creating a sustainable future. As a part of the NYLC, I hope to be able to work with a group of similarly passionate young people like myself on projects and future solutions to issues around sustainability and conservation.