Mari-Su de Villiers

MSc student: Mari-Su de Villiers
MSc student: Mari-Su de Villiers

Although she grew up in a city, Mari-Su always found an excuse to be outdoors exploring. Each year, Mari-Su and her family would travel to the national parks of South Africa which was what ignited her passion for wildlife.

Mari-Su completed her BSc Wildlife Management (4year) degree at the University of the Free State (UFS), Bloemfontein in 2019. Her year-end project involved parasites in Roan and Sable antelope, and while this project was fascinating, she vowed to follow her true passion - carnivores! Mari-Su refused to continue her studies unless she could find a project that involved leopards, which have always fascinated her because of the strength they show in their stillness and reserved nature.

Mari-Su discovered the Cape Leopard Trust and immediately applied to do her Masters degree through the UFS on the elusive leopards of the Cape. She is now the MSc student attached to the CLT Piketberg project – a large-scale field camera survey in the greater Piketberg region. Mari-Su is involved in the physical fieldwork and all data analysis aspects of the project and is an enthusiastic member of the CLT team.

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