In early 2001, Richard Thorpe took part in an Earthwatch expedition to Kangaroo Island, South Australia, to help scientists monitor native populations of echidnas and goannas.
“Camping in the bush in the midst of the Australian wildlife was fun and I felt we helped to contribute to the greater understanding of these fascinating creatures too. It was a truly life changing experience.”
“The team I worked with on the expedition were lovely people and I kept in touch with them for a few months afterwards” said Richard.
Richard has since devoted much time to local wildlife issues. He volunteers at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where he is now the local wildlife expert. He also shared for many years his enthusiasm with the younger generation via the Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Watch scheme.