Ami Vitale has travelled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Throughout the years, Ami has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit— keeping true to her belief in the importance of “living the story.” In 2009, after shooting a powerful story on the transport and release of one the world’s last white rhinos, Ami shifted her focus to today’s most compelling wildlife and environmental stories. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every international publication and exhibited around the world in museums and galleries. Uneasy no settle catches up with her whilst she’s in China…read full interview
John is a wildlife filmmaker who has worked with the BBC, National Geographic, PBS and Musicy Channel on many BAFTA winning TV series including Planet Earth II, The Hunt, Frozen Planet, Life Stories, Life, Big Cat Diary, Springwatch and Yellowstone.
John is the author of The Shark and the Albatross, published recently in the UK by Profile and in North America in May 2016 by Greystone Books. Here, John tells Uneasy no settle of the challenges he faced filming lynx in northern Canada and the inspiration of working with David Attenborough. The best place he’s ever woken up? In a tent on the frozen sea in the Antarctic, next to a colony of emperor penguins!
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Liz has worked as a science and wildlife presenter for the BBC, ITV and for PBS in the USA on programmes such as Horizon, Nature’s Epic Journeys, Big Blue Live, Wild Alaska Live, Super Smart Animals, Countrywise and Stargazing Live. She set up and carried out a research project on the diet of tigers in Bardia National Park, Nepal as part of her Masters. Her travel highlights include listening to the dawn chorus in Botswana and setting eyes on her first wild tiger in Pench National Park in India. She dreams of returning to her roots and setting up home in the countryside in the South of France and is hopeful for a future when we realise we are not superior to the wildlife with whom we share this full interview
Lucy King manages the Human-Elephant Co-Existence Program for the research charity Save the Elephants. She set up a project which uses beehive fences (no mean feat for someone who is allergic to bees!) to keep elephants off of farmland owned by poor farming communities. She has a doctorate in Zoology from Oxford University. She tells us how meeting Bill Clinton was one of her high points, whilst climbing Kilimanjaro and feeling like she was ‘solidifying into an ice-block’ was a definite low! Lucy knows how precious every minute of her life is - collapsing with a cerebral aneurysm and needing emergency brain surgery was a stark remind of this for her. She remembers fondly her childhood spent in Africa, traveling through safari parks with her parents in a Ford Cortina with a tent and a camping stove.
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Conservationist, TV presenter and author, Saba Douglas-Hamilton lives in Kenya, running the Elephant Watch Camp eco lodge. She has worked with the BBC, presenting This Wild Life and The Secret Life of Elephants as well as the Big Cat Diaries. She is well known as the face of her father’s charity, Save the Elephants. Saba was born and raised in Kenya by her zoologist father and author mother and grew up totally immersed in African culture and wildlife. She has also produced, directed and presented a wide variety of programmes for the Musicy Channel and Animal Planet, winning multiple awards. Saba was also a presenter on the BBC Vacation full interview
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