Jamie Paterson is already a firm favourite with WildEarth.TV‘s SafariLive viewers. The Johannesburg native studied law and is an award winning musician, but the bush always piqued her interest and became her main focus.
In 2009, she participated in mass game capture in Tswalu Private Game Reserve, darting and relocating rhino, lion and brown hyena, and helped with the monitoring of cheetah and sable populations.
After getting a BA in Law from Cambridge University in 2012, she qualified as a nature and trails guide and began working at Siyafunda Wildlife and Conservation in the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve. Now settled in with the rest of the team, Jamie gets to go to work and spend time with the animals she loves, namely hyenas.
Her “keen interest in and fascination with the bush and wildlife from a very early age”, are some of her most vivid memories from holidays spent on various game reserves or exploring with her grandfather, who was a game warden in the Sabie area. “My ultimate goal is to be able to continue learning about nature throughout South Africa and to be able to share my experience and enthusiasm with the people that I interact with,” she says.