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From his early childhood days, David Mahabir has always have a passion for animals. He grew up on the beautiful island of Trinidad in which he did his first conservation studies in Forestry at the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry ( E.C.I.AF ). In 2008 he was selected as the one of the country’s top scholars to pursue his Bsc in Forest Conservation at Lakehead University Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, which he completed in 2010. Since 2004 he has worked at the Wildlife Section Forestry division as a Forest Officer where he is involved in numerous wildlife conservation projects and protection work. One of his duties includes managing turtle nesting beaches with the communities in Trinidad which is essential in conserving and protecting nesting sea turtles. He also does conservation educational work and developing of policies to conserve and protect the flora and fauna of Trinidad and Tobago. David was awarded the best research project in ECIAF in 2001 for the research he did on the Red Howler Monkeys which he still continues to study. He is also part of the research team that studies sea turtles mostly the Leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) which he uses the information to better manage and understand this prehistoric beauty. He is looking forward to being part of the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program which he would use the knowledge gained to better perform wildlife conservation works in the Caribbean and across the world.