Conservation Biology Masters Students (2016/17)

Wesley Gush

Wesley Gush


Wesley grew up on a farm near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. After school he studied an Honours course in Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University and wrote his thesis on the impact ecology of lions on small private game reserves. In 2015 he worked as a field guide on Amakhala Game Reserve, and briefly as a consultant in the Rhodes University Journalism Department helping kids from the nearby township write stories about their environment. Last year Wesley also spent three months in the USA working as a field researcher on the American Prairie Reserve in Montana, during which time he gained experience using camera traps and other field survey techniques to study bison, black-footed ferrets and other North American species. Living on the prairie was a great way to broaden his horizons in terms of conservation and ecological initiatives, and made him realize the value of international collaboration in these fields. In his spare time he enjoys reading, writing, birding, photography and soccer.


The decline of the globally threatened Rudd’s Lark in one of its last remaining core sites, the Wakkerstroom grasslands. (Supervisors: Claire Spottiswoode, Paul Donald, David Maphisa)