Oscar Thomas

Guest Lecturer

Born in Auckland (Aotearoa New Zealand), Oscar spent his school years volunteering for conservation organizations, advocating and raising awareness of taonga wildlife, and travelling in search of as many birds as he could observe and photograph. These interests began on a visit to Tiritiri Matangi Island Sanctuary at age 10, where he soon became a volunteer guide to share his passion for wildlife conservation with others.

At age 18 he wrote ‘The Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of New Zealand’ to bring photography and birding together and make it more accessible to a wider audience. Oscar is now at the University of Otago working towards a Master of Science in Ecology, having completed a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management.