Segametsi Monnamorwa – from CITW Volunteer to Environmental Department Manager at Wilderness Safaris, Botswana

Born and bred in Botswana, Segametsi Monnamorwa (known as ‘Sega’) started at Wilderness Safaris ten years ago in an administrative role, and today heads up the Environmental Management Systems (EMS) portfolio for all Wilderness Safaris camps in Botswana.

She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Environmental Science, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, at the University of Botswana. While Sega always had an interest in working for an environmentally-driven organisation, it was not until she was introduced to Wilderness Safaris’ non-profit partner, Children in the Wilderness (CITW) through an adventure trip to Maun that she finally found the ideal organisation to work for. She volunteered for a CITW camp in 2007 and the following year took the opportunity to work for Wilderness Safaris. Since 2008 she hasn’t looked back.

Sega’s role involves ensuring that all Botswana’s operations comply with the Environmental Minimum Standards of Wilderness Safaris as well as the Government of Botswana. In addition, she is involved in a number of research and conservation projects in Botswana, playing a key role in the collation and monitoring of long-term ecological data from the camps. Some of these projects include Wilderness Safaris’ energy-use reduction campaigns and providing support to Wilderness Safaris Rhino Reintroduction Project on a day-to-day basis.

Sega’s commitment to Wilderness Safaris lies in her firm belief that environmental conservation is the basis of the future. “Wilderness Safaris has provided me with an outstanding opportunity, helping me grow personally and professionally. Dedicating my time to enabling change is something that I am really proud to be doing. I want to continue using my role to raise the awareness banner of sustainability as an important element of the business, ensuring that environmental conservation priorities are realised through a collective effort”, said Sega.

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