"This internship has been a great opportunity to learn more about marine biological research. I want to make a difference in the conservation of threatened seabird species by working closely with the fishing industry"
Mbali was born in the town of Stanger in KwaZulu-Natal. What makes Mbali happy is to see other people smile because of something that she has done for them. At school she particularly enjoyed geography and biology, as these subjects taught her to appreciate and understand the physical world around her. Passion for nature is what motivates and focuses Mbali, and she loves animals and enjoys playing sports in her leisure time.
In order to further her goal of contributing to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats, Mbali attained a Bachelor of Science and an Honours degree in Zoology from the University of Zululand.
At BirdLife South Africa, Mbali’s work is focused on sea data collection, seabird identification and bird mitigation plans. The internship has provided Mbali with an excellent opportunity to learn more about marine biological research and the stakeholders that play a role in seabird conservation in the fishing industry. She has begun to develop an understanding of what important measures are necessary in order to reduce seabird bycatch by fishing vessels.
Mbali is excited about developing herself as a marine biologist. She has plans to obtain a Masters degree in marine biology and would also like to work towards her PhD in marine ecotoxicology. She believes that with determination, discipline and passion this dream will one day become a reality.