Growing up in the very built up and urban SÃ£o Paulo, my first brushes with wildlife where visiting the zoo. My father Renato Consorte presented for many years a popular TV programme introducing zoo animals to school children, in SÃ£o Paulo Zoo, and I was lucky enough to accompany him whenever I had a chance. I also remember this animal encyclopaedia compiled by the WWF in the 70â€²s: my mum, Josildeth Gomes Consorte, anthropologist and academic, used to buy it weekly and I absolutely loved it! That coupled with my love of animals might have pushed me towards conservationâ€¦ Eventually we would scape to more rural and wild areas, the mountains, the seaside during holidays and the wild environments were always absolutely fascinating, mysterious, alluring, unexpected! Different to city life. I went to an arts college and had very little contact with biology at school. However it was at the time when campaigns to stop whaling where breaking the news. Eventually Iâ€™ve chosen to study Biological Sciences to learn more about this wonderful living world and to do something about it.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
I have worked in environmental education programs for the Wildwood Trust, Natural History Museumâ€“Tring, and Zoological Society of London Whipsnade Zoo. Since 2004 I lecture at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, United Kingdom, where
I founded and chair the interdisciplinary Wildlife and People Group (part of CCCU's Ecology Research Group). My main interest areas are conservation of wild carnivores in the wild and in captivity; attitudes toward wild carnivores
and maned wolf conservation.