Christy Ihlo just completed her first year as an MEM in the Ecosystem Science and Conservation Concentration. She received a B.S. in biology with a minor in marine biology from the University of Tampa in 2001. While an undergraduate, she interned for Lowry Park Zoo in their primate department and was awarded a fellowship with Toledo Zoo’s Karner Blue Butterfly Project. In 2006, she joined the husbandry team at the Georgia Aquarium and spent five years gaining experience with aquatic animal care. Christy became increasingly interested in biodiversity conservation and decided to expand her education at the Nicholas School to gain the practical skills needed as a conservation practitioner. At Duke, she is a member of the Big Cats Initiative Intern team and serves on the board of the Duke Conservation Society.
Christy is interested in global biodiversity conservation and would like to work on an international level applying practical solutions to conservation challenges.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Noloholo. First the Scholars Bootcamp Retreat, then a week of Summer Camp interspersed with a couple of different visitors. I’ve only been to camp as aContinue reading
The afternoon started out promising enough – part of today’s summer camp adventure was watching the Hadza collect honey from a tree near Noloholo. Unfortunately, the hive had very little honey, leaving the kids aContinue reading
So Jen wandered into the office a couple of Saturday’s ago and said “Well, I just lost my internet access so perhaps we need to investigate the text messages we have been getting.” That’s howContinue reading
The sun shone brightly on the patio while Andrew, Jen, Kelly, and I gathered to watch the theatrical exploits of a group of young Maasai scholars. Their assignment: to write and perform skits in English,Continue reading
(Note: I did receive permission to take pictures at this event.) Tapping their walking sticks on the ground, the young Maasai warriors circled together, chanting and leaping into the air in a show ofContinue reading
“Sesame, Sesame.” Sitoti, one of the Hadza trackers, was perched above the headlights of “Old Sally,” one of APW’s Land Rovers. He held up his hand and said those fateful words we had been hopingContinue reading
Buddy leaned against the doorframe and casually asked me, “You want to ride along in the truck this afternoon? We’re doing an anti-poaching patrol with the visiting WCS game scouts.” “Absolutely!” And I hurriedly collectedContinue reading
East Africa is known for its exceptional sunsets but I must admit that I have yet to be thoroughly impressed, until tonight. Tonight’s sunset was amazing – the colors were beautiful and I stopped deadContinue reading