Timothy’s love for animals started back in his childhood, being taught by mum and grandma to care for familiar household pets and help foster animals in need. Growing up in the suburbs of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, he had his fair share of wildlife encounters from snakes hiding under buckets to water monitor lizards hanging about in the kitchen. Although at times frightening, these encounters did not instill fear but rather developed his love for animals to a passion for wildlife. They gave him real life glimpses into the beauty of wildlife that were often portrayed in his favorite nature documentaries on TV.
Fast forward some years and with a UK degree (BSc Hons International Wildlife Biology from the University of South Wales) fresh in hand, he eagerly took up the opportunity to participate in the conservation of Sabah’s wildlife by volunteering at Danau Girang Field Centre in the year 2016. What started off as a 3-month stay quickly turned into 9 months as he was further captivated by the beauty of nature and daily living what it was to conserve the local wildlife. With this amazing experience as well as the support of family and friends, he was inspired to return to the UK for further studies to broaden his horizon and increase his capacity a wildlife conservationist.
Finally acquiring an MRes in Biosciences from Cardiff University, he joined DGFC as a research officer in the year 2020. Currently, he is working with the education team to create content for the Education and Awareness Programme which aims to bring environmental awareness to the general public and inform them of issues faced by wildlife. Through this, he hopes that the general public will be empowered to play an active role in conserving Sabah’s precious wildlife as well as developing a passion for wildlife in the younger generation.
Highest Education Degree: Master of Research in Biosciences from Cardiff University