A warm welcome to 'This Wild Life Conservation Podcast'. Each week, leading conservationists will describe tales of wild adventures and discuss the highs and lows of living and working in the wild. You will laugh and cry as leaders in their field reveal unique insight into the lives of the animals they work tirelessly to protect. Learn about the pathways to becoming a conservationist and gain valuable insight into current conservation issues facing the world. We’re here to bring the wild to you!
A life with Gorillas with Ian Redmond OBE
This episode features Ian Redmond OBE, one of the most influential conservationists in the world. For 35 years, Ian has worked to protect Mountain Gorillas and African elephants. His many accolades include Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla in 2009; and conservation consultant and advisor for organisations such as Born Free. Ian also established the Ape Alliance, an international coalition of organisations and individuals working to protect the apes. We will hear about Ian's amazing experiences, notably a memorable encounter with a Kenyan elephant; and his involvement in documentary filmmaking and working alongside Sir David Attenborough.
A quest to see every penguin in the world with Prof. Charles Bergman
This week the podcast takes us around the world in search of penguins. Well not quite, but author and photographer, Prof. Charles Bergman, will tell us about his own adventures to do just that. Charles shares captivating stories of adventure from his quest to see all 18 species of penguin in the world. You'll hear about severe storms at sea, a hairy moment being washed down a river, and coming face to beak with the penguins. I had a wonderful time talking with Charles - his passion for penguins and their protection was infectious
The Blood Rhino Blacklist with Jamie Joseph
In this week’s episode, we are joined by Jamie Joseph, wildlife activist and founder of Saving the Wild. Jamie provides an insight into Saving the Wild’s work including her involvement in exposing the accused rhino poaching kingpin of Zululand, Dumisani Gwala; and the arrest of Rhino Poaching kingpin, Petros Mabuza, recently deceased. We also gain an insight into a stunning new documentary film, ‘Kimana Tuskers’, directed by Jamie, along with an academy award-winning team. The documentary was filmed in Kenya’s Greater Amboseli ecosystem and showcases the last of the great elephant tuskers. A hard hitting episode about serious issues affecting the last of our rhino's.
The mess that is 'Tiger King' and big cat rescue with Bobbi Brink
This week we talk with Bobbi Brink, founder of the ‘Lions, Tigers and Bears’ Sanctuary in California. Bobbi provides a captivating and powerful insight into the brutality of the Exotic Pet Trade. The episode covers a range of topics including how Bobbi started the sanctuary, the challenges she faced and the process of rescuing an animal from the exotic pet trade. Bobbi also outlines her recent encounters with Joe Exotic, from the Netflix series ‘Tiger King’, she discusses the risk to human life when holding these species captive and talks about the psyche of people who own these species. It’s a fascinating episode and not one to be missed!
'The Dark World of the Illegal Wildlife Trade' with Andrea Crosta.
This week, undercover investigator, Andrea Crosta, takes us behind the scenes of two enthralling films, Sea of Shadows (National Geographic) and The Ivory Game (Netflix). Andrea also discusses his organisation, Earth League International, which operates across three continents relentlessly uncovering the illegal wildlife trade. We will learn of covert operations across the globe, including revealing those responsible for the near extinction of the Vaquita and exposing traffickers who are fuelling the illegal ivory trade. Andrea's personal story is as fascinating as his stories from the field and certainly not to be missed.
'The Last Wild Horses of America' with Suzanne Roy
This week we head to the Western States of America and talk to Suzanne Roy about her quest to protect the wild horses and burros. Horses capture the hearts and minds of people across the globe and Suzanne allows us a glimpse into the lives of these spirited creatures. We will hear about the American Wild Horse Campaign organisation, whose mission is to save the herds by engaging with the government and proposing sustainable and humane ways to manage herd numbers. Suzanne will tell us why it is so important to protect these gorgeous animals and discuss the progress they have made so far. A must-listen for all horse and donkey lovers!