Personal Assistant to Dr. Laurie Marker
2017 – presentLauren grew up on her family’s farm in South Australia, Australia, and has always had a love for animals and conservation. Lauren started volunteering with horses at the age of 12 and since then has worked with a range of different animals including cameleering in Central Australia. Lauren’s interest with cheetahs came from winning a cheetah naming competition to name a litter of cubs at her local zoo. She joined the zoo as a life member, which allowed her to watch the cubs grow up and grow her interest in cheetahs and African wildlife.
After graduating university with a Bachelor of Science (Honours), specialising in animal behaviour and conservation, at Flinders University, Lauren applied to be a volunteer with CCF to gain some experience working with carnivores and to learn more about cheetah conservation. Lauren was first introduced to the Cheetah Conservation Fund through her local zoo and was inspired to visit CCF as a volunteer after meeting Dr Marker in Adelaide in 2016.
Lauren is now working as Dr Marker’s personal assistant helping with media crews, tour preparations and other activities Dr Marker requires help with. When Lauren isn’t at her desk, she is often found in the horse stables, helping to look after Dr Marker’s horses.