Meet Shelley

Hello! My name is Shelley and I’m a zoologist, wildlife vlogger and author. I graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a degree in Zoology. From there I worked in the CSR and Sustainability sector and now run my own consultancy business and create environmental events, www.purelycsr.com

My vlog on YouTube is my journey. I’m learning all the time and wanted to share those experiences with you. I hope they inspire you to learn and consider the natural world in your everyday life and appreciate just how lucky we are to have all the incredible wildlife that’s in it. But we need to conserve it so the next generation can explore it too. Let’s all help by being environmental champions!

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to over 50 countries and some of the most exciting places on the planet. These experiences have inspired me to run various educational projects over the last ten years, which have hopefully demonstrated how we can each play a part in its preservation. 

I hope you enjoy my weird and wonderful zoological world. xx

Stories of Adventure

Overlanding from Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa on an old Dutch Army truck aged 18.

Overlanding from Kenya to Cape Town, South Africa on an old Dutch Army truck aged 18.

Filming Pebble Toads on top of Mount Roraima in Venezuela

Filming Pebble Toads on top of Mount Roraima in Venezuela

Meeting Kangaroos in Australia

Meeting Kangaroos in Australia

Put simply, adventure and travel are part of my DNA. Travelling to some of the most remote places on earth has inspired me and certainly opened my eyes to the world! I have visited more than a quarter of all the countries in the world. At 18, during my Gap Year, I travelled overland from Kenya to Cape Town, through nine countries on an old converted Dutch army truck. Not only seeing incredible African wildlife in numerous Game Reserves, but everywhere we drove. Later that year I travelled to South East Asia and Australia to experience the wildlife there.

With a place at Loughborough University, I had to tuck my backpack away, for now at least. Originally set to study for a degree in Industrial Design and Technology, I only lasted 3 months before realising animals were my first love. Having no science A-levels to my name, I was advised against a science degree. But I’m a determined girl and not good with people saying no. So I wrote a letter to the Head of Zoology at Queen Mary University of London and shared my experiences, years of working hands on with animals in my parent’s pet shop and a lifetime of growing up with a macaw. To my pleasant surprise I was in, as long as I got through a one-year science foundation course, which I did!

Every summer holidays I travelled further, first to South America and down through Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and climbing the incredible Incan citadel, Machu Picchu set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. 

The following year I won first place in a travel photography competition, with a spider monkey image. My prize… any overland trip, any where in the world!! So Central America it was, travelling from Guatemala to Costa Rica, where a third of the country is National Parks set aside to protect wildlife.

In 2009, I volunteered on a South African Game Reserve to help endangered species, including one of my all time favourite species, African Wild dogs. The following year I joined an expedition to Mount Roraima in Venezuela aka The Lost World, made famous by author Arthur Conan Doyle and Disney Pixar’s animated blockbuster, “UP”. The team filmed and later produced a feature length documentary, which was premiered at the Royal Geographical Society with an introduction by Michael Palin.

In 2011, I led a team to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa to raise money for charity. Having already run three marathons and played sport my whole life, I never imagined this climb would become one of my hardest challenges to date, temporarily losing part of my eyesight as we descended.

Nowadays much of my adventures are on two wheels, taking part in the 100-mile cycle race, RideLondon more than once! I’m excited to reveal a new cycling-wildlife adventure combo in early 2017, so watch this space….!