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Navigating life as a lonely conservationist with Jessie Panazzolo

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Note: the full blog is published on conservation careers and can be read here.

Are you feeling lost in the sea of opportunities or grappling with self-doubt as a conservationist? You’re not alone. In the world of conservation, there’s often a glamorized portrayal of the work, with images of breath-taking landscapes and exotic wildlife dominating the narrative. But often behind the scenes, the reality can be very different —a reality of frustration, isolation, and the struggle for recognition and validation.

Jessie Panazzolo (pronouns: she/her) is a passionate conservationist from Australia, who stumbled across this truth and thought she must be the only person who’d ever experienced this. In a last-ditch effort to find meaning in what felt like an impossible career path, Jessie created the blog Lonely Conservationists to share her experiences. This was met with an overwhelmingly positive response – a community of global conservationists who had felt similar invalidation. Through her blog, Jessie has turned this challenging experience into a source of empowerment and solidarity for conservationists worldwide. In a world where the road to conservation can be a lonely and arduous one, Jessie shares her story and advice to overcome obstacles and create meaningful change for our environment.

Navigating life as a lonely conservationist with Jessie Panazzolo | #itsawildlife

Note: the full blog is published on conservation careers and can be read here.

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Want to hear more from Jessie? You can listen to this conversation here or find out more about the Lonely Conservationists platform either on the website or on Instagram @lonelyconservationists.

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