To resolve human-wildlife conflict in Africa is Tyler’s dream, student Colorado State University, loves wolves, hates animal poaching, save endangered species.
It is thrilling to meet so many young people passionate about saving our planet’s wildlife, and the journey to this commitment.
This is the third in our monthly series, “Why I Want to Save Wildlife”.
I met Tyler via Twitter, where I meet many interesting people and learn about what they’re up to. Tyler’s professional appearance along with his studies and interest in wildlife conservation caught my attention, and I invited him to share his story.
If you missed the previous “Why I Want to Save Wildlife” here are links to them:
Why I Want to Save Wildlife
My name is Tyler West and I am currently at Colorado State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management. My love for animals has been instilled in me since I was a kid by my parents and has grown in fervor as I have grown older myself and have been more exposed to the world. I left
my home state of New Jersey to initially pursue my dream of becoming a veterinarian, however that dream changed rather quickly once I arrived in the wonderful state of Colorado.
Through my volunteer work with a wolf sanctuary near my school, I began to foster a deep appreciation and passion for wildlife and the conservation of both the animals and their habitats. This led me to change my track in life towards a degree and life in wildlife management. My particular passion within the field is for human-wildlife conflict and how to prevent it as best as possible. My absolute dream, after graduate school, is to find a career in Africa where I can work with residents there in order to best foster a healthy and stable relationship between the humans and animals that call this area home.
It is my firm belief that humans must find a way in which they can cohabit this Earth with the other animals that call it home. Not only is it the morally right thing to do, but necessary, for if we destroy the creatures that are on this Earth and whose roles in the ecosystems we do not fully understand, we are only setting ourselves up for disaster. This is besides the point that we should save animals so that our future generations, our children and their children after, are able to enjoy this amazing beings with their own eyes and not through a history book.
Our thanks to Tyler for sharing this story and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this young man as he does his part to protect the wildlife of Africa from poaching and other human- animal conflicts.