Elsa Bussière grew up in France where she did most of her studies. In 2011, she got an MSc in Agricultural Engineering and an MSc in Forest, Agriculture and Environmental Engineering. Her passion for science and nature took her to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe where she worked as a field biologist for a large mammal project, led by the French Centre of National Scientific Research (CNRS).
She did her MSc project with the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town, on statistical ecology, analyzing bird atlas data. During this time, she helped other researchers with their fieldwork on African penguins, weavers and pygmy falcons. She is now conducting a PhD project on brown hyenas in the Klein Karoo.