Machel Sulton, from the village of Mahaut, was one of 12 students who were awarded graduate certificates in Endangered Species Management from Durrell Wildlife Academy in Jersey, United Kingdom.
Durrell Wildlife Academy is the world leader in conservation capacity development, operating at the interface between in-situ and ex-situ conservation and has 3,350 graduates in 135 countries around the world.
(In Situ conservation is on-site conservation or the conservation of genetic resources in natural populations of plant or animal species. Ex Situ conservation is the conservation and maintenance of samples of living organisms outside their natural habitat.)
Durrell has become the academy of choice for many seeking careers in conservation and leading conservation projects.
Sulton is a former student of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School who later went on to do an Associate Degree in Agricultural Science at the Dominica State College.
During his tenure at Durrell, he was active in representing Dominica when Princess Anne visited the academy.
Sulton, who plays an important role in the Dominica Mountain Chicken Project, also did a series of presentations on that project to the Commonwealth Society of Jersey and ZSL London Zoo.
He also obtained a Leadership certificate with the Chartered Management Institute CMI, a certificate in Facilitation and Communication with IUCN/SSC CBSG and GIS certification with ERT Conservation.
Sulton will continue his studies in conservation as he was selected among 20 persons in the Caribbean for the inaugural 2015/2016 class of the Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) program. This initiative is funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service – Without Borders program and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
He is the son of Janie Serrant and Maurice Sulton.