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Mango members on Placement: Juliet Rowlands in Zambia with Frankfurt Zoological Society

16 January 2017

Juliet in her office in Zambia. Elephants are regular visitors, as the view from her office window proves!

Juliet Rowlands is another recent addition to the Mango family. We recently caught up with her a month into her new role as an Interim Accountant with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (ZSL), a role she secured through Mango's Recruitment Service. Below, Juliet describes how she supports the team of the North Luangwa Conservation project, whilst avoiding lions and crocodiles in her spare time!

'I’ve just started an interim role as an Accountant for the Frankfurt Zoological Society, in the North Luangwa National Park, in the Muchinga Province of Zambia. Although I have been working as an accountant for many years, this has been my first role with an NGO and my first time working in a developing country setting; however, as I love the outdoors, it has been an easy transition for me!

Frankfurt Zoological Society supports over thirty conservation projects in 18 countries. I’m currently working to support the North Luangwa Conservation Project in Zambia, which focuses on preserving Zambia’s only black rhino population as well as a large elephant population. I have a very wide-ranging role, as I’m currently overseeing finance, HR and admin in absence of the Head of Finance and Administration. No day is the same and I’m used to taking on different jobs; there is certainly no clock-watching involved! As well as providing financial support, I am also involved in providing capacity building and training for locals. Finally, I help out with school visits; local school children come and stay in the game reserve for three days at a time. I particularly enjoy interacting with the children and sometimes join them on a game drive.

Working in Zambia means being in the middle of an incredible environment; sometimes I feel that I am literally putting my life in the hands of my colleagues! The elephants in the conservation project often venture very close to us (just the other day one walked past my office) and I often have to remind myself that they are wild animals. I have been reassured that the lions on the conservation project are extremely well fed and are therefore not interested in us! We are located in a very remote part of Zambia, meaning that communications can be very difficult as the internet connection can be very poor. Being two and a half hours away from the nearest supermarket also means that every food shop must be planned very wisely! On weekends, we take advantage of the incredible scenery, going on game drives or on safari. Being disconnected from much of the outside world can also be very peaceful, and I enjoy sitting on the veranda to read. We’re taking advantage of the dry season to swim in the river; unfortunately, when the rains come the river will be out of bounds due to the onset of crocodiles!'

Juliet has recently finished a sponsored climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of one of Frankfurt Zoological Society’s biggest supporters, Save the Rhino. If you would like to support Juliet, you can do so here.

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