Corlia was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1989. She went to DF Malan High School, Bellville, completing grade 12 in 2007. The following year she went on to study a BSc Conservation Ecology at Stellenbosch University and graduated in December 2011. This is a four-year degree, in the Faculty of Agri-Science. Her fourth year project was entitled The significance of raptor rehabilitation in the Western Cape, South Africa (2001–2011). She examined the records of all 922 raptors that were admitted to a rehabilition centre near Stellenbosch over a 10-year period, and analysed the trends and the patterns. The most frequently admitted species was the Spotted Eagle-Owl; 269 (29.1%) of all birds admitted were this species. In fact more than half the birds admitted were owls.
She is starting an MSc in 2012. Her project relates to conservation research on the "endangered" Bank Cormorant.
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