Profile: Laura Kehoe
I was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1984. A few decades later, I received a Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at Edinburgh Napier University. I speak Spanish, French, basic German, embarrassingly little Irish and some Pular. I have worked with various local communities in Bolivia, Zambia, South Africa, Mexico and the Republic of Guinea with numerous projects which share a common goal of attempting to conserve the earth's remaining biodiversity while working with local communities.
In the name of conservation, I have: chased herds of wildebeest (Wildlife Translocation Services - WTS, South Africa), tripped up tranquilized giraffes - not as cruel as it sounds (WTS, South Africa), shaved cape buffalo (Cape Buffalo Reintroduction Program, South Africa), lived with a puma in the Amazon rainforest (Inti Wara Yassi, Bolivia), stalked leopards (Landmark Leopard and Predator Project, South Africa), given shrews haircuts (Wildcliff Nature Reserve, South Africa), cataloged seashells from the 1800’s (National Museum of Scotland), filmed fascinating chimpanzees from previously unstudied wild communities in the forests of Guinea (Wild Chimpanzee Foundation and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and founded a campaign that has planted over 50 thousand trees (400trees.org).
I am particularly interested in how we can feed the world without destroying it. I am currently focused on how future consumption and human population growth rates can influence global land use and how, in turn, this affects the health of our remaining wildlife populations.
NoteStreams By Laura Kehoe
We deforest an area the size of Panama every single year. Across the world, food is the number one cause of deforestation, especially our taste for meat.