Name: Trish Kanana
From: Kenya but also lived and studied in Malaysia
Studied: Industrial Design
Works at: AB3D
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a neurosurgeon, then an aerospace engineer.
What are your hobbies?
I like painting, travelling, visiting the beach, baking – carrot cake is my favourite, running – I’m training for a half marathon, and writing poetry – I have a blog www.itrishpoetry.wordpress.com.
What is your favourite food?
Who has been inspirational in your life?
Jason Silva – I flew from Malaysia to Australia to go and hear him speak and I got to meet him. He was so happy that I flew all that way to see him and he wanted a selfie with me.
What is your favourite colour?
Grey – I love it so much that I buy things I don’t really need just because they are grey.
What is your favourite animal?
The falcon – I have a weird obsession with that bird.
“I was given an award for innovation in my university final year project – I created a prototype drone that could be used for surveillance in national parks for forest fires, poaching prevention or rare animal tracking.”
Where is your favourite place?
Bali – I am always telling people that they should go and visit.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What would your alternative career have been?
I would have been a poet.
What languages do you speak?
English, swahili and meru.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I was born left handed but I was forced to change.
I have huge stage fright but when I was at high school I used to recite french poems in front of large audiences.
When I was a little girl I used to fall over a lot and the doctors realised I had a severe calcium deficiency. I underwent lots of treatment and now being able to train for a half marathon is a big deal for me.
I am very philosophical and often sit and wonder about the meaning of life.
For the finale of this amazing journey to Africa, I joined a group and hiked up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing peak in the world. It’s a 5,895m (19,341ft) high dormant volcano that springs up into three cones – Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. Uhuru Peak is the highest summit … Continue reading 20. Trekking to the roof of Africa
My two weeks at APOPO has flown by. Today is my last day and so I’m feeling a little sad but it really has been amazing and I think I’ve made the most of it. I started today in Lily’s office as usual but we had a coffee and actually finally got round to completing … Continue reading 19. Wrapping up my time with APOPO including a Full Cheek Friday Feast
I was tired this morning after waking up to another rainy day. I started off by documenting all of the rats in the breeding kennels (which spelled completion of my Head Office rat audit!) and then I finished up adding the information to the master spreadsheet. Then I interviewed Pendo, a wonderful character at APOPO. … Continue reading 18 APOPO training, welfare, research and data