I am Mengistu Birhan Muluye from Ethiopia. I grow up in a small village called ‘’Gugem’’ near Yejubie. I obtained my Bachelor of Science (BSc) in applied Biology from Addis Ababa University in 2011. For three years (2013-2016) I worked as research assistant for the Bale Monkeys and Gelada Monkeys projects, collecting behavioural, distribution and conservation data on Bale monkeys, and doing population surveys of Gelada Monkeys. I have joined Ethiopian wolf conservation programme (EWCP) since 2017. I worked as EWCP Community Officer in Borena Sayint Worehimenu National Park, conducting education and awareness activities in schools and villages near wolf range. I have supported the implementation of alternative livelihoods to decrease negative impacts of local communities on wolf habitat and Afroalpine protected areas. And I am also working as Ethiopian wolf monitoring and research leader to collating and checking all wildlife monitoring data collected by EWCP teams across Ethiopia.
My future plans are by combining the new knowledge and skills that I will gain from post graduate diploma with my previous experience in wildlife conservation to contribute something valuable to my country and my organization.