WHY I LOVE MY JOB
WWF conservationist Darren Grover talks about his lifelong passion for animals, and why it’s tough to choose a favourite.
When did you first hear about WWF?
I’ve loved animals since I was young, so I knew about WWF and the work they do. But my early knowledge of WWF was only in relation to their work with priority species such as pandas, rhinos, tigers, and elephants. It was only as I got older that I became aware of the work WWF was doing to protect our beautiful and threatened Australian animals.
What’s the best bit about your job?
Leading a passionate and dedicated team on the front line of the species extinction crisis – we literally make a difference! Nothing beats working on-the-ground to save rock-wallabies, sea turtles, black cockatoos, bandicoots, bettongs or Gouldian finches.
What’s the biggest challenge?
Convincing more Australians to fall back in love with our unique wildlife. Our amazing supporters are doing so much, but we need more everyday Australians to back wildlife conservation. That’s key to inspiring the level of support we need from governments, businesses and philanthropists.
How do you describe your job to strangers?
I’m saving Australia’s wildlife from extinction! My team and I do this by partnering with governments, universities, community groups, Indigenous rangers and Traditional Owners, businesses, farmers, and most importantly WWF supporters.
We all have a role to play in stopping species from dying out.
What’s your favourite animal or bird?
That’s a tough question and changes on a daily basis. Right now, I’m really into quolls – Australia’s fearsome little predator. The beautiful yellow-footed rock-wallaby is also a favourite. And like most people, priority species such as the tiger, snow leopard, and red panda take my breath away. I feel very lucky to work for an organisation that is dedicated to the conservation of these extraordinary animals.
Darren Grover Head of Healthy Land and Seascapes WWF-Australia