Dr Tammie Maston was born in Townsville, Queensland, in 1977. On her first trip to Zimbabwe with her father at the age of fifteen she fell in love with the country and decided she had to return. She changed her degree from Law to Environmental Science so she could study there. After graduating in 1999, she was offered a scholarship to do a PhD in Zoology which she completed in 2003. She has been living in Namibia since 2000, based initially at Etosha National Park and subsequently in the capital, Windhoek. She currently works as an environmental consultant for organisations including Wilderness Safaris, Save the Rhino Trust and the Namibian Professional Hunters Association, as well as running a research project on human-elephant conflicts at the request of the Chief of the Bushmen.