Christell Chesney is a native from the Ancient county of Berbice, Guyana. Her love for nature coupled with her desire for conservation of the pristine Amazonian rainforest of her country, propelled her to read for and attain a Bsc. Degree in Biology at the University of Guyana. At the completion of her studies, her thesis focused on the study of perception of wild cats, vital research to aid in the combating the human- wild cat conflict crippling parts of her country.
Understanding the need for collaboration in the fight for conservation, Christell has worked with many persons in the conservation circle such as Dr. A. Cummings who recently conducted research on human-wild cat conflict and Dr. E. Paemelaere, Panthera’s Country Co-coordinator. She was able to participate in various activities such as field work, contributing to television programs, wildlife species and regulation workshops to raise awareness of wild life species and wild life trade to various stake holders.
“To combat any problem, we must first kill ignorance with knowledge,” is the motto Christell believes in fully, and is hoping the CLiC Conference will provide the necessary training needed to return to Guyana and successfully merge into a National Conservation institution, where the skills and knowledge garnered will be of much use.