This little clip I shot on location of “Animal Kingdom” before I knew what the title of the show was. The hyena camera stuff turned out quite nice and there are lots of other cool sequences in the show. I had a great time working with a new team from ITV and met lots of cool guys who work at the park in Erindi.
Like a massive muppet, I left the house today with all my fancy camera kit to record the day’s events, only to find the camera’s card was still sat on my desk at home. Never mind, had a great day out at the Wolseley Centre helping out Staffordhire Wildlife Trust, recording it on my phone. Then I went onto Cannock Chase to pedal round the MTB trail where I saw a couple of Jays foraging and had a close encounter with a small herd of Red Deer hinds - very nice. In return for my assistance with the publicity for the Wildlife Trusts new boardwalk project they promised to help me find an adder as I have never seen one before. Jim Stewart from the Forestry Commission was just the man. Even though it’s a little late for adder spotting he managed to show me two females - well, he saw the first and I saw half of the second! They are so camouflaged that it’s only when they move that you get to see where they are. Next March I shall get out to this hotspot to get some photos of the flashy males. I did get to see a sizeable grass snake in one of the horse manure compost heaps that the commission place in the chase to encourage them to breed. Goes to show they really work.
Anyway I am a fully paid up member of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust now and will hopefully be getting out on a few more days such as this.
Spent a very enjoyable day at Chester Zoo for their Ape Conservation Symposium. The speaker line-up was amazing with some really top drawer presentations. It is amazing to hear about all the hard work being done to preserve these iconic animals and their habitat.
One of the most harrowing topics of the day was the bush meat trade. This is such a huge problem with a global reach.
Chester Zoo has to be applauded for all the support it gives to multiple centres around the globe working at the coal face of conservation.
I had my eyes opened to just how important zoos are in this field 14 years ago when I first started working with Blackpool Zoo. Since moving back to Cheshire my local Zoo has been Chester and have been asked along to a few publicity days over the years. I have strengthened my association with them recently by agreeing to be a patron of a new conservation initiative that will be launched soon.