Hello, and welcome to my website! My name is Gabi Fleury. I am a conservation biologist, technologist, and researcher, focusing primarily on the mitigation of human-wildlife conflict in Southern Africa. As my father is of Angolan descent, I have always been passionate about conservation issues, particularly within the SADC region.
I've prevented cheetahs from eating livestock in Namibia, tested out different ways to keep elephants out of croplands in Kenya, ridden donkey carts to work in the Northern Cape of South Africa, designed a picture-only video game to teach non-literate Mozambican villagers about the ecosystem importance of vultures (download for free here!), climbed mountains, been stung by scorpions, and chased many a mamba and puff adder out of my office.
I've been recently named as one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Science, 2021. Currently, I'm preparing to embark on a Fulbright to Botswana in 2021 in collaboration with local NGOs Cheetah Conservation Botswana and Botswana Predator Conservation, where I will be testing out a novel scent deterrent to reduce carnivore visitation onto commercial farms in the Ghanzi District of Western Botswana.
As a Black scientist and a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I am passionate about increased representation of underrepresented groups in STEM and championing other early-career BIPOC researchers. In September 2019, I began a Youtube series called Breaking Bio, focusing on interviews of diverse practitioners in STEM (Season 2 to start April 2021!)
I am also a proud member of #BlackMammalogyWeek's organizing committee, a movement founded to increase awareness of Black researchers on Twitter and Instagram working in the field of mammalogy. Learn more on our website here.