Ben Dessen combines his zoological background with excellent communication skills as a TV presenter and conservationist.
Growing up in the Australian bush meant that snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies were never far away. But unlike some of us, Ben LOVED his early introduction to the amazing Australian ecosystem.
He started out in volunteer work as a wildlife rescuer to get some hands-on experience and
in 2014 completed a Bachelor of Natural Science majoring in Animal Science at the
University of Western Sydney. He’s appeared on TV shows from Sunrise to Saturday Disney and even had a feature role in the movie Rise of the Eco Warriors.
His work has taken him to Borneo, an amazing island that is in the Greater Sunda Islands group of the Malay Archipelago and home to the endangered orang-utan and many other incredible species threatened by logging activities and bushfires.
“I was that weird kid growing up who was more interested in bugs than football,” Ben says.
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Ben’s study and career pathway to becoming a TV presenter and conservationist
- Casual, Australian Reptile Park
- Wildlife rescuer/carer, Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Servies
- Bachelor of Natural Science, University of Western Sydney
- Board director and sanctuary manager, Zambi Native Wildlife Sanctuary
Author: Heather Catchpole
Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs