Philippa Ehrlich

Pippa first fell in love with conservation media after reading the story of the Knysna elephant; she was mesmerised by the animal and the characters and mysteries that surrounded it. After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism, she spent a year in Thailand and the USA, where she came to appreciate fully the rarity of healthy ecosystems. On her return to South Africa she was inspired by the rich underwater worlds of False Bay and southern Mozambique.

After two years as an investigative journalist for the television programme Carte Blanche, Pippa decided that the only stories she really wanted to engage with were those that explored nature and our relationships with it. This was unfortunate because next she found herself in the world of corporate campaigns and commercial media production. Luckily nature won out and she was appointed conservation journalist for the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF).

Now, armed with a deep connection to the ocean and a ‘colourful CV’, Pippa aims to find the balance between traditional journalistic storytelling and a more popular, creative and emotive approach. She is increasingly amazed by the SOSF scientists she speaks to and is excited to help them share their stories.