"I was raised in Tanzania, in an African family where respect for nature was of the utmost importance. Our elders taught us how to love and protect our environment, and I grew up knowing that we must preserve this beautiful world in order that future generations will be able to witness its beauty, too.
One of my best memories - and the reason that I decided on a career in conservation - was the first time I visited Tanzania's Ngorongoro Conservation Area. It is the only conservation area in the country that protects wildlife while also allowing human habitation. I remember feeling so excited watching the Masai tribespeople interact with wild animals - without any conflict. They have been living this life for many generations and have an innate understanding of the environment. I wanted to be a part of this and share with the world the message that if we love and protect nature, it will also protect us."
Joshua Wilfred is a field guide in the Serengeti, northern Tanzania.