Will grew up in Bristol, and he had plenty of opportunities to travel from a young age. These experiences kindled a profound love of travel that has guided Will throughout his professional career. After leaving high school, he travelled with Raleigh International to Borneo for a 10-week expedition. During this time, he was privileged to see (among other amazing things!) wild orangutans and pygmy elephants in the Danum Valley Conservation Area. Will had also proposed to travel throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, but unfortunately a nasty dose of dengue fever curtailed these plans. Once fully recovered, he returned to South-East Asia and travelled extensively throughout Thailand and Laos before attending university in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The call of the wild persisted, however, and after only a year in academia Will found an opportunity to indulge his passion, trading the classroom for the bush to join a field guide training programme in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. On graduating as an FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)-qualified guide, Will was recruited by Erindi Private Game Reserve in the highlands of Central Namibia. Here he worked for five years, conducting game drives and walks, working as a member of the wildlife tracking and monitoring team, and later taking on the specialist role of cheetah reintroduction within the reserve. Erindi was also where Will met his wife, and together they moved on to a management role with Wilderness Safaris at Etosha’s Ongava Game Reserve. Will returned to guiding in 2016 as a national tour guide for Ultimate Safaris, one of Namibia’s top tour companies, a position that allowed him to explore every corner of this diverse and unique country.
Finally, in 2018, Will took a year out and moved to the Canary Islands to fulfil a lifelong dream of becoming a diving instructor. After that, he returned to the UK to join the Yellow Zebra team.