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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!) through my co-founded environmental video game studio, climbed mountains, been stung by scorpions, and chased many a mamba and puff adder out of my office. 

 I've been lucky enough to be named as one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Science and received a Fulbright to Botswana! Currently, I'm a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, developing a carnivore-livestock conflict mitigation project in collaboration with local NGOs Cheetah Conservation Botswana and Botswana Predator Conservation. I'll be testing out novel technical deterrents to reduce carnivore visitation onto commercial farms in the Ghanzi District of Western Botswana.

I'm also a dedicated science communicator! 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. I am also an inaugural 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.  When I'm not working on my research, you can catch me writing both fiction and nonfiction books!

Learn more about me on my profile at UW-Madison!

You can keep up with me at @fleurygs on Twitter or bescicurious on Instagram for more news or follow me on LinkedIn!

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