Dr. Karina Flores
Senior Manager of Animal Health & Welfare
Karina Flores is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico where she received her veterinary degree, she followed specialization courses in Exotic Pet Medicine and Wildlife Medicine in the same academic institution, obtaining her degree as Specialist in Wildlife Medicine and Surgery. She worked as a lecturer in the Ethology and Wildlife Department of the Veterinary College of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. In addition, Karina has worked in different private practices as vet in charge of consultation and hospitalization of exotic pets and wildlife in Mexico City. Three years ago, she decided to extend her studies at the University of Bristol where she completed her Master's degree in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation. She enjoyed doing her research project with African Wild Dogs in Namibia where she learned about serology and behaviour of this species. Immediately after finishing her post-graduate studies, she was summoned to provide urgent care for confiscated cheetahs, victims of the illegal trade, in the Horn of Africa, where she was the head veterinarian of Cheetah Conservation Fund, Somaliland for almost 2 years. Karina has volunteered and completed externships in wildlife rehab centres and welfare organisations in the US and South Africa where she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of species like dolphins, rhinos, and several species of birds and reptiles. Her main interests are wildlife conservation, rehabilitation, behaviour and animal welfare. She loves to travel and Africa has a special place in her heart, so she's happy to be in Sierra Leone joining the Tacugama team and helping with its mission.