Women in Conservation

Take It from the ‘Crocodile Lady’: Conservation Needs More Women

An adult Cuban crocodile chomps down on a snack. Photo credit: Yoamel Milian Garcia
A Cuban crocodile basks in the sun at Zapata Swamp in southern Cuba. Photo credit: Andre Baumgarten/WCS

There’s a “toughness” you have to show when working in crocodile conservation, a male-dominated field. You jump into waters full of crocodiles and with all male eyes on you, you feel the silent wonder: Is she going to make it?

Natalia Rossi stands at the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park in Cuba. Photo credit: Ana Luz Porzecanski

I truly believe that the strides made by women in the field of conservation will be meaningful only if these achievements by conservation role-models and leaders open up a path for the next generation of young women scientists.

A baby American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) as it hatches from its shell in Cuba. Photo credit: Natalia Rossi/WCS

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