Maria Nicolae has loved animals and nature ever since she can remember, and believes that their protection and conservation is of utmost importance, and the duty of every person. A few years back, by chance (if such exists) she stumbled upon pictures of orphaned baby Flying Foxes on the Internet (thank you Facebook) and she fell in love. From the first moment she held her very first baby (Vlad Jr) she fell in love with these wonderful creatures, and every year that she is involved with their rehabilitation and release she becomes more amazed by their intelligence, incredible and funny personalities, and their affectionate nature. Every year these stunning creatures steal her heart just a little bit more. Maria is deeply committed to doing whatever she can to ensure the survival and success of this keystone species, both as part of this truly amazing organisation, and also through her research and advocacy as a law academic.