Date: 26 September 2012
Ten year old Aucklander Charlotte Thomas has blown away the competition with her conservation contributions, earning the title of What Now and DOC’s ‘Ranger for a Week’.
As part of Conservation Week celebrations, DOC and What Now ran a competition asking children why they wanted to win a week in Fiordland doing ranger activities.
Charlotte said she volunteers in the nature section at Auckland Museum, plants trees at her local regional park, has her own animal rescue centre, keeps a journal of all the specimens she finds, is in her school environmental council, and has written and illustrated a book on kārearea.
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Conservation wonder kid Charlotte Thomas
“Ever since I can remember, I have loved nature and I know how important it is to protect our native animals and their habitats. I know this because I spend as much of my spare time as possible outside learning about nature,” says Charlotte.
Charlotte and her dad will catch a helicopter up to the Pointburn Valley to track whio and takahē, will take a Real Journeys nature cruise in the Milford Sound, will visit the Te Anau Wildlife Park, and will take a cruise across Lake Te Anau to visit the 13,000 year old glowworm caves.
“I think that DOC staff have the best jobs in the world because they get
to care for nature, and they have the best uniform too—khaki is my
favourite colour!” says Charlotte.
Charlotte’s mum says her daughter literally lives and breathes all things nature. “Even though I'm her mum, (and totally biased) this honestly could not have gone to a more deserving child,” says Jeanette Thomas.
Charlotte and her dad will fly to Queenstown on 15 October to begin their ranger adventure.