Who We Are

Our work would not be possible without our incredible team. 


Sophie Pulcella
Zoology BSc (Hons) 
Wild Animal Biology MSc

Sophie is a zoologist whose number one passion in life is wildlife conservation. She studied her undergraduate degree at the University of Salford, obtaining a first-class BSc (Hons) in zoology, with her dissertation research focused on the impact of heavy metal poisoning on the cryptic camouflage abilities of brown shrimp (Crangon crangon). 

In 2018, Sophie then went on to complete a Masters degree in Wild Animal Biology, which was jointly run by the Royal Veterinary College and the Zoological Society of London. This experience not only exposed her to a wealth of clinical knowledge from the veterinarian side of the course but also allowed her to complete placements at London Zoo and Whipsnade Safari Park. As such, she has had hands on experience of working in a zoo environment and the different facets of these settings, e.g. captive breeding programmes, clinical interventions and daily animal management and care routines. For her MSc dissertation research, Sophie investigated the potential application of gelatine fingerprint lifters (currently used in domestic crime) in combatting the illegal wildlife trade and was fortunate enough to witness the first ever fingerprint successfully retrieved from a pangolin scale.

Eagerly looking to apply all her knowledge and skills gained over these years, she is now a new member of the Nature’s SAFE team.

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