Hails from: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Currently lives in: Durban, South Africa
Favorite Place: I feel at home anywhere in Africa
Favorite Things to Do: Free diving (with sharks!), yoga, photography, travel and wearing inappropriately high heels
Favorite Shark: How can you choose…they are all FINtastic!
What shark are you most like and why?
I am most like the black-tip reef shark. Black-tips are curious, friendly and never run out of energy!
How did sharks draw you into their watery world?
After watching SharkWater I just had to get in the water with them! Their incredible power and elegance has always intrigued me.
Motivation is not something that can be taught, but it can be inspired. My conservation efforts are best spent inspiring others through education, media and personal experience - inspiring a single person is making a difference. As Braam Malherbe says, “D.O.T. Do one thing”. If everyone did just one thing, imagine the compound effect!
Since the age of 10, when she fell in love with birds, Olivia has developed a passion for the environment and for conservation.
By the age of 12 she had raised US$10 000 for the Ezemvelo Bearded Vulture Project.
In 2012, at the age of 14, Olivia started a non-profit company called Four Elements Conservation NPC, of which she is the CEO.
The purpose of Four Elements Conservation is to communicate and help solve environmental issues, particularly by involving young people and helping them to understand that they have a voice.
During 2012 Olivia completed a successful summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, to raise awareness and funding for Four Elements Conservation. Olivia has built both of her websites and is actively involved in various social media initiatives. In the same year, Olivia was also awarded an Action For Nature Eco-Hero Award for her work with Bearded Vultures. She featured on national TV in the Expresso show. Olivia has also been appointed Youth Advisor at Synchronicity Earth, London, UK. Also in 2012, she was given a scholarship to the Global White Lion Protection Trust’s Ethical Wildlife Photography course.
Although Olivia’s first passion is conservation of the natural world she also enjoys athletics and hockey, she plays flute and is on a mission to become fluent in French. “I love linking conservation and art!”.
She is a qualified scuba diver and has done free diving training – this experience led to Olivia’s love of the ocean.
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