Zoe Brain

Wildes Meadow, New South Wales

Budding conservationist, young inventor

Zoe, a 12-year-old naturalist in the making, has figured out a smart way to safely and discreetly observe endangered animals that nest high up in trees. After much research, Zoe realised the answer was to place solar‑powered webcams in nesting boxes. In addition to building her innovative animal‑resistant and weatherproof nesting box devices, Zoe wants to create a pilot program in local schools to enable students to study threatened Southern Highlands fauna up close, with the hope of sharing it nationally: “In my shire alone, there are 29 birds and 12 mammals on the threatened list. I believe these nesting boxes could help their survival.”