Nama saya Thirza and I’m from the Netherlands (Belanda). I’m proud to be the second volunteer helping Selamatkan Yaki! This is my first time in Indonesia and I have only visited Sulawesi so far as this island is such a special area with its rich biodiversity and smiling people that it is hard to leave! I have travelled from Makassar to Manado, before joining SY’s team. The travel was a great introduction to Sulawesi’s nature and cultures.
My background is primarily in animal welfare and conservation. I have completed a Bachelor programme in Animal Husbandry and for my Masters I have studied Primate Conservation in England, together with Harry who is field manager of Selamatkan Yaki. I have mainly worked with chimpanzees in zoos and in sanctuaries as well as with gorillas in zoos and in the wild in Africa. I am delighted to now volunteer for SY and be a part of this conservation project that aims to protect the yaki!