Zoology student Katie’s research missing in Limpopo

Katie Rapson, who has just returned from a Zooology placement to Limpopo, South Africa. (s)

Katie Rapson, who has just returned from a Zooology placement to Limpopo, South Africa. (s)

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An ex-Clitheroe Grammar Sixth Form pupil has taken a step towards her dream profession by undertaking research work in Limpopo.

Katie Rapson returned from her South African trip this week, after spending 12 weeks in the Limpopo reserve conducting field research, where she completed the equivalent of an internship with the Association For the Study of Animal Behaviour.

The Association provides a number of grants for research and to promote animal behaviour science and Katie was successful in receiving help towards her trip as an undergraduate at Bristol University, where she is studying Zoology.

Katie (20) of Barnoldswick, who returns to Bristol and the final year of her degree at the end of this month, said: “I received massive help in applying for the grant from my tutor at university, Dr Radford. Bristol University is hosting project work in Limpopo which involves researching the dwarf mongoose, so I devised some experiments to conduct which would contribute towards the project.

“It was an amazing experience and really hard work at the same time – we spent long days conducting research in the field. I met some brilliant people along the way and learnt so much in my time there.”