Anne-Sophie Pagé is an Otago Peninsula local and has grown up sharing her back yard with penguins and sealions. Prior to commencing her Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) degree at Massey University she started her tertiary studies at Otago University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Geography and Marine Science. Her passion in flighting climate change and preserving New Zealand’s endemic species has led to many opportunities, such as conducting climate change research on coral reefs in the Pacific as a Sir Peter Blake Ambassador, venturing south to the Sub-Antarctic Islands as an Enderby Scholar, fighting the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa and most recently working as a researcher on a penguin study in remote Patagonia.
She has represented New Zealand at global conferences and leadership events, which have included the APEC CEO Summit, Ship For World Youth Leaders and the prestigious Harvard National Model United Nations. She is currently serving a three-year term on the Lower North Island Conservation Board, is the advocacy coordinator for the Manawatū Forest and Bird Branch and the acting president of the Massey University Wildlife and Conservation Club. Anne-Sophie has worked as a wildlife guide on the Otago Peninsula for the past six years along with being involved in the conservation efforts towards an abundance of New Zealand’s endemic species.
“There are two priorities in my life. The first is to foster emotional connections between individuals and our environment in the hope of developing a holistic sense of kaitiakitanga amongst us all in the face of climate change. The second is to use my knowledge as a soon to be vet to assist in mitigating New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis – to see our islands and surrounding ocean return to their once wild status.”