Kasia is a Conservation Project Officer- in her role she supports the implementation of various field-based activities of the conservation department. Currently, Kasia’s work mainly involves assisting in the delivery of the pond mud snail breeding for translocation programme in Scotland and the global conservation strategy for the Pallas’s cat across central Asia.
Kasia has a solid conservation background and has been involved with RZSS for many years. Her keen in interest in both, wildlife conservation and animal behaviour had led her to focus her Master's thesis on investigating threats to small-bodied wild felids (the Pallas's cat and the Scottish wildcat) using local ecological knowledge, and the implications of those threats on the species' conservation behaviour. Some of the findings of the study were used in IUCN's 1st Pallas's cat Status Review and Conservation Strategy. Kasia had also previously volunteered with various large African mammals before joining RZSS as a volunteer, student, research consultant, then as a Conservation Administrator for RZSS and finally in her current role. Throughout this time, she has supported field activities of the Scottish Beavers projects in Knapdale Forest, Pallas's cat research and conservation efforts of the PICA project, camera trapping data management and financial reporting to the EU of the Saving Wildcats project during the pandemic, as well as lending administrative support to the department.
MSc (University of Edinburgh) Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare
MA (University of Glasgow) Psychology
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RZSS response to the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration
I was surprised and dismayed to read about the UK Government’s intention to deprioritise species restoration, which fails to recognise the importance of that vital pillar of biodiversity recovery, as well as flying in the face of recent guidance from the world authority for conservation, the IUCN.
Critically endangered wildcats now call the Cairngorms National Park home
The first round of wildcat releases in Scotland has been completed by Saving Wildcats, led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) in partnership with NatureScot, Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS), The Cairngorms National Park Authority, Nordens Ark and Consejería de Sostenibilidad, Medio Ambiente y Economía Azul de la Junta de Andalucía.