Jenny Desmond

Jenny Desmond is founder of both Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection in West Africa and Partners in Animal Protection & Conservation in USA.

Jenny has played leadership roles in multiple funding, marketing and project management programs. She has also created strategic business development plans; established and improved numerous animal care protocols; collaborated on diverse wildlife crime fighting initiatives; and managed the rehabilitation of a diverse number of wildlife species, for a multitude of animal protection and conservation organizations throughout the world, with an emphasis on great apes.

An animal welfare and conservation consultant, Jenny also provides guidance and support in a variety of capacities to international private and not for profit organizations. She has collaborated with a diverse collection of organizations included the Jane Goodall Institute, Born Free Foundation, Smithsonian Institute, Fauna Flora International, EcoHealth Alliance and numerous other local and global wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, protection and conservation organizations.

Q&A

1. What’s your biggest achievement / Something you’re proud of yourself for?

I can’t say I have one big achievement – I don’t really think that way. Personally I hope my greatest achievement is still ahead of me – and that it is being part of a huge change in the world for wildlife and conservation. Sticking with my mission I suppose is an achievement. Not giving up when it feels impossible to continue. As for being proud – I am not so much proud of as grateful for the relationships I have in my life. I am surrounded by family and friendships (of many different species) that are my heart and soul. I am proud of never abandoning my integrity – in my actions, beliefs, relationships, and choices.

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?

My biggest fear is that we won’t get there fast enough. That we won’t accomplish what we need to accomplish in time to help those in need and see the success of our mission. This thinking is also what can hold me back – it can be debilitating to allow oneself to absorb the enormity of the tasks facing us, and the world. It can stop you in your tracks. It can challenge your motivation and optimism.

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?

I hope I have contributed to not only the individual lives surrounding me human and non, including and especially the chimpanzees in our direct care, but also to the bigger solutions to which we are committed of long term protection and conservation of all species and their habitats. It is extremely important to me that I am making a local and global impact in all of my actions and always striving toward a forward thinking approach.

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