After multiple volunteering projects around wildlife work the UK and Africa, and finally graduating with a degree in animal behaviour, Nicki's love for the natural world took her on an adventure that began in northern China. She made her way south, spending over six months in Southeast Asia before ending up in Australia, where she travelled and worked on farms to fund her next trip. She then headed for the Amazon Rainforest and spent the best part of a year travelling and working in conservation and community development, which then led into a career in eco-tourism back in the UK.
Nicki's love for Southeast Asia and enthusiasm for responsible travel led her to Audley in 2012, where she has been able to return to the region and explore more of Malaysia, Borneo and Myanmar.
As well as being an adventure and wildlife enthusiast, Nicki's other interests include travel and nature writing, cooking as well as being a keen diver when on her travels. She also enjoys swimming and surfing back in the UK.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable experience was seeing Borneo's pygmy elephants along the banks of the Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo.
As I worked my way around Sabah I had heard rumours that the elephants had been sighted here recently, but I was trying desperately not to get my hopes up. Then, with the sun going down behind us we rounded a bend in the river and spotted a large female pygmy elephant and her tiny calf on the banks of the river. As we got closer trees began to shake a little and slowly but surely a herd of elephants over 70 strong came ambling out of the treeline down to the waters edge for a drink. Some even plopped into the river for a swim and I had to stop myself jumping in to play!