Director of Research
Lauren arrived from the UK in march 2013 as an intern.
On completion of her level 5 and after clocking over 4,000 intern hours, Lauren was hired as Big Cat Rescues research director and started in October 2015.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behavior & Wildlife Biology and experience working with an array of different species.
Lauren is responsible for identifying and managing research and conservation collaborations, finding new areas Big Cat Rescue can help fund or provide assistance too.
She also assists with Big Cat Rescues call to action, getting guests to call their legislators in support of the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
Lauren came to BCR with a passion for all animals and since learning about their plight aims to educate others on the current status of big cats and joining the fight to end the trade.
My super power is Resilience for my Passion
Everyone has a passion and a dream, no matter how small. Pairing your passion with your work is something many people hope for, and nowadays many people end up giving up for more material things or for the easier route in life. From an early age I knew I wanted to work with animals and was willing to do whatever it took to do just that. Working with animals gave a meaning to work that was above money, normal work hours and a guaranteed comfortable life, it was something that would give true purpose, make a real difference and be endlessly rewarding. Despite a road filled with multiple hurdles, in the past and still in the present, wanting to give up many times and questioning if I was making the right decision, my resilience for my passion allowed me to keep pushing forward, to fight for what I wanted and to lead me to where I am today. The world will always throw difficulties our way, its up to us how we choose to face them. – Lauren Buckingham
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