If you had told me seven years ago I'd be working with an African non-profit organization primarily focused on large-scale landscape conservation, I would have laughed and shook my head in disagreement. Yes, I really enjoyed my sub-Saharan Africa course in college, and sure, I loved working in the travel industry and later, living in Africa, but what does any of that have to do with wildlife and conservation?
P.S. Curious about the photo above? That's a group of tourists enjoying a sunset cruise on the Chobe River in northern Botswana. The little white bird near the buffalo is a cattle egret, and helpfully removes ticks and other annoying biting insects from the buffalo's skin. It's a win/win situation for both animals.