The highly acclaimed Elephant Conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries, Saba Douglas-Hamilton made a visit to West Midland Safari Park earlier this week on Tuesday 7th November ahead of her visit to Birmingham’s Town Hall on November 22nd.
Coming all the way over to the UK from her home in Kenya, Saba met with Safari Park staff to talk about her work in Elephant conservation and also meet some of the elephants themselves – including their youngest member baby elephant Sutton who was one of the first elephants in the UK to be born via artificial insemination. Saba also had the opportunity to see some of the Park’s youngest members, white rhinos Fahari and Ekozu.
We were all very excited to meet Saba, as were our elephants. Sutton, our youngest of the herd, particularly enjoyed meeting her and loved being fed his favourite treat of chopped up bananas! It was clear how much she enjoyed being around them and the feeling seemed to be mutual for the elephants too. It was fascinating to hear Saba talk about her adventures in Africa and listen to some of the encounters she’s had with elephants. We all appreciate how much work she does for the conservation of these magnificent creatures and wish her well on her UK tour.Lewis Hodson, Deputy Head Keeper of Elephants at West Midland Safari Park
Born in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, Saba met her first wild elephant when she was just six weeks old - one of approximately 400 living in the Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania that her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, was studying.
Saba’s first job was with Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, working in the hinterland of the Skeleton Coast on a Crafts for Conservation project. She was then head hunted by the School for International Training to work as an academic director in Tanzania, and later did a stint as an anthropological consultant for the National Museums of Kenya.
In 1997 Saba joined her father’s charity Save the Elephants (STE) as Chief Operations Officer to help build up their research center in Samburu National Reserve, north Kenya. It was here that she was talent-spotted by the BBC and began her life as a TV presenter and producer of wildlife documentaries.
Saba will be at Town Hall, Birmingham on Wednesday 22nd November at 7:30pm for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family which brings her into close contact with some of the most fascinating and rare wildlife on the planet. The show will also include a question and answer session.