Gold with Jeanette Schneider Episode 11: Shine Your Light with Dominique Goncalves

Dominique Gonçalves is a Mozambican ecologist focused on elephant conservation in Gorongosa National Park as well as a National Geographic Fellow. Her interest in biodiversity protection and human population increase inspired her to earn her MSC in Conservation Biology and now start a PhD in Biodiversity Management at Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) at University of Kent. 

Dominique and I talked about the restoration of Gorongosa National Park after war, the loss of over a million Mozambicans and the decimation of many animals and land. She gets very personal about her own experience pursuing education when there weren’t always shoes or food to support her education. Yet, she is using her experience and education to build her community and ensure that the young girls outside of the park are not victims of child marriage.

Dominique currently serves as Manager of the Elephant Ecology Project where she investigates elephant movement and range expansion in relation to habitat use and Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC). Working with law enforcement and sustainable development colleagues, Dominique hopes to build coexistence between communities and wildlife throughout the buffer-zone surrounding the park. In addition to this, Dominique works closely with park Girls’ Club programs; she is a passionate advocate for girls education to prevent early marriage.

Find Dominique and learn about the team changing lives, both human and animal, at www.gorongosa.org

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J

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