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About Us


Jes Hooper

Jes is a PhD candidate in Anthrozoology at the University of Exeter, and member of the IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group. Her doctoral research focuses on human-civet interactions and "disappearance" in the Anthropocene.

Jes founded the Civet Project in 2019 to address the lack of civet representation in the public, academic, and conservation spheres despite the numerous threats they face. The organisation is currently in the process of registering as a charitable foundation.

Jes' published academic works include the topics: civet coffee production and authentication, civet coffee tourism, the rising phenomenon of Civet Lover pet keeping clubs, animals in tourism, animal ethics, and media portrayals of animals during times of crises. Jes is currently co-host of two international conference, Anthrozoology as International Practice, and Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism. 

Jes' full work can be found on ResearchGate.


Ms Trinh Thi Mai

Mai holds an Erasmus Mundus International Master degree in Applied Ecology and has 6 years’ experience working in conservation field for both national and international NGOs.

She is currently working for the Saving Threatened Wildlife project, WWF in Viet Nam and is a member of IUCN SSC Small Carnivore Specialist Group. Mai has research experience in wildlife farming, civet coffee, small carnivore biodiversity surveying and virtual and physical wildlife trade.


Previously, Mai worked for the Owston’s Civet breeding program and social behaviour change projects, where she had the opportunity to sharpen her knowledge, and gain experience in project management and fundraising. 


Mai has also been a grantee of many prestigious international programs and conferences including YSEALI PFP, SCCS Australia, ASEAN in Today’s World.

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Zak Showell

Zak Showell is the Director of Shaldon Wildlife Trust, a small BIAZA and EAZA member zoo, based in Shaldon, Devon, England.


Since the age of 5 he dreamed of working in zoos and is getting the chance to live his childhood dream. He cut his teeth in the zoo industry as a registrar and became well known for his work with zoo records and animal transfers.


With over 14 years’ experience in the zoo industry he is involved in many BIAZA committees and runs four EAZA breeding programmes including the Owston’s civet breeding programme.


Shaldon Wildlife Trust has long standing links to Save Vietnams Wildlife and he was fortunate enough to attend the Owston’s Civet conservation planning meeting back in 2019. He is also a trustees of BIAZA and an advocate and advisor to the Mountain Marmoset Conservation Programme.


Prof Carol Kline

Carol Kline is a Professor and the Director of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Appalachian State University.


Her research interests have historically focused on topics such as foodie segmentation, craft beverages, agritourism, tourism entrepreneurship, and tourism in developing economies, however now it solely focuses on animal ethics. 


Carol is the founder of Fanimal Inc., an international non-governmental organization that helps individuals find animal-focused and environmentally-focused careers.


Carol co-hosts the Emerging Voices for Animals in Tourism conference and has published extensively on the topics of tourism and animal ethics.


Lucy Newton

Lucy Newton holds a bachelor’s degree (with Honours) in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and a foundation degree in Applied Animal Behaviour and Conservation. In university, Lucy became interested in human and animal interaction, and she would like to pursue a Master's degree in Human and Animal Interaction in the future. Lucy is keen to understand and develop strategies to improve the relationships held between humans and animals.

Currently, Lucy is an Assisted Head Birdkeeper to a private estate that has over two hundred parrots including the Amazon parrot (Amazona), Conures (Aratinga solstitialis) and Illiger's macaw (Primolius maracana). 

In 2024, Lucy will be volunteering for a private reserve in South Africa where she will work with anti–poaching teams to protect white rhino (Ceratotherium simum). Lucy hopes to research the impact of civet’s musk on the African palm civet (Nandina binotata) and African civet (Civettictis civetta)

Team Civet

Taylor Bass is a recent graduate from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences, and is a dedicated conservationist who has always harboured a deep love for the environment, animals, and conservation. Taylor earned her degree with honours, graduating Cum Laude, specializing in Animal Care and Rehabilitation, and this equipped her with a diverse knowledge base covering marine biology, conservation, mammalogy, and professional communication.


During her senior year of her undergraduate degree, Taylor interned for Fanimal and The Civet Project and played a fundamental role in the planning and organising of our documentary to raise awareness of civet conservation and welfare. 


Having completed her internship, Taylor continues volunteering for The Civet Project and will be helping with World Civet Day!

Taylor Bass, The Civet Project Intern

Taylor Bass
Project Coordination 

Cerys Deakin is a third year, undergraduate student at the University of Exeter, studying MSci Zoology. From a young age she has been interested in animals and conservation, of all taxonomic groups. During the summer of 2023, Cerys gained her first hands on zoological experience working alongside keepers at Rodbaston Animal Zone and is now integrated into the team at The Civet Project, establishing her understanding and skills in conservation organisations and charity.

Cerys was eager to work alongside The Civet Project because "even as a student, on the frontline of studying conservation, I had never heard of a civet or the concerns for their welfare". She is keen to share her new knowledge about civets and is eager to be involved in the conservation and improvements of their livelihood.

Cerys is currently assisting on all things social media, communications and World Civet Day 2024!


Cerys Deakin
Research & Communications

Keyana Jeffrey holds a BSc in Applied Wildlife Conservation from The University of the West of England, and a FdSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and  Conservation from Plumpton College. Driven by a lifelong passion for nature, Keyana has undertaken two academic projects; researching rodent abundance in woodland stands and a dissertation studying mammal functional connectivity in fragmented urban sites. Finding functional connectivity between sites, Keyana hopes that this will lead to protection and micro-rewilding of the large green space on the university campus. 


Having embarked on field trips to South Africa and Madagascar, they have actively participated in wildlife surveys on a range of species including rhinos and lemurs. Committed to community engagement, Keyana has volunteered with local groups to preserve nature reserves and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) as an administrator, on the Thames basin and Wealden heaths priority landscape project. 

Currently pursuing an MSc in Applied Wildlife Conservation, Keyana hopes to get stuck into both research and practical work on mitigating human-wildlife conflict and is helping The Civet Project with all things World Civet Day!


Keyana Jeffrey
Project Coordination

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