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Buccaneer Archipelago, Kimberley, Western Australia © Paul Gamblin / WWF-Aus

Ellie Boyle portrait

Ellie Boyle

Ellie Boyle, WWF Conservation Field Officer, based in the remote Kimberley region of WA

My love for the environment started from a young age, growing up in the southwest region of Western Australia. We lived in remote towns and most of our entertainment was found outside. I was an explorer and would always wander off bushwalking, looking at plants, bugs and birds.

My love for the natural environment drove me to pursue a career in conservation and environmental management, which I’ve now been involved in for more than a decade. I’ve worked for various environmental NGO’s and in local government in South Australia, Western Australia and also Canada.

My current role with WWF as Conservation Field Officer based in the remote Kimberley region of WA is quite broad, which I absolutely love. I spend much of my time in very remote places working alongside Indigenous rangers in threatened species conservation.

 

We use two-way learning incorporating Traditional cultural and ecological knowledge and Western science. I see first-hand how vital Indigenous rangers on Country, are to protecting Australia’s unique biodiversity.

I also work alongside universities, government agencies, other environmental organisations and community groups. Sometimes I’ll be working in very remote places, camping and sleeping under the stars for weeks, other times I’ll be working from communities and small towns across the Kimberley.

The main species that the Kimberley teamwork on are Gouldian finches, quolls, golden bandicoots, monjon (rock-wallaby), nabarlek and black-footed rock-wallabies.

I’m dedicated and passionate about contributing to practical and innovative conservation of native fauna and habitats. Just as nature is connected, I believe that by working together we’re stronger and can protect the species and places we all love.