Jeannie Hayward has a Masters degree (Zoology) from the University of Stellenbosch.
Growing up in the Karoo, Jeannie has always had an intense love for the veld and nature. During her varsity studies she spent a lot of time in the Tankwa Karoo, Sandveld and Cederberg doing reptile surveys and research, particularly on the peculiar tail-biting armadillo lizard, known locally as the “blinkogie”.
She briefly left scientific research for a stint in the television industry where she worked as programme researcher on the natural history show GROEN, compiled the text for the coffee table book “Shoreline – Discovering South Africa’s coast”, and worked as researcher and production manager on a documentary series about South Africa’s threatened wildlife.
Jeannie has been part of the CLT team since 2010 as coordinator of the Boland Project, along with colleague Anita Meyer. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student with the University of Cape Town, investigating the spatial and behavioural ecology of leopards in the Boland mountains.