Community Manager, WildHub
Thirza Loffeld is the Community Manager of WildHub, a free, member-led, global community of conservation professionals. Wildhub’s platform is where members come together to support one another, overcome challenges and create new solutions to save more wildlife. She has a background in primate conservation, education and capacity development. For several years, Thirza researched mother-young interactions in gorillas and chimpanzees, in captivity and the wild. After that, she worked for three years in Indonesia, where she developed and implemented youth ambassador and community engagement programmes on local and regional scales. These programmes are aimed at building conservation capacity and promote stewardship. Next to setting up WildHub, she is currently completing her PhD research at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), on the topic of professional development for conservationists. Realising the importance of building capacity for conservation in addition to providing peer-support, she co-founded the Women in Conservation Canterbury Network in 2019.