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Black-footed rock-wallaby, Central Wheatbelt © Craig Pentland

Rachel Lowry

Rachel Lowry

Chief Conservation Officer

I was the kid who knew exactly which trees were home to which birds along our nature strip, and if I heard a cicada calling, I wouldn’t rest until I found it.

While completing my major in Zoology and co-major in Environmental Science (BSc) at the University of Melbourne I had an ‘ah-huh’ moment - conservation is as much a social challenge as a biological one. Consequently, I went on to complete a Bachelor of Education.

I now call the west of Melbourne home, and enjoy sitting with my family watching animals such as swamp wallabies, echidnas and even brown snakes make their way along the Maribyrnong River from the comfort of our living room. It’s never dull in my front yard!

Working for WWF-Australia as Chief Conservation Officer has helped me consolidate my optimism for the future. I now spend my days leading a team of forward-thinking, highly-skilled professionals who are determined to strive for a better world. And while it was my passion for wildlife that placed me on this conservation path, it’s my love for my children and my hopes for their future that keep me on it.
While completing my major in Zoology and co-major in Environmental Science (BSc) at the University of Melbourne I had an ‘ah-huh’ moment - conservation is as much a social challenge as a biological one.