Join TV wildlife presenter, scientist and conservationist, PATRICK ARYEE as he shares his fascinating insights into the vital role rhinos and other mega-herbivores play in creating and maintaining a healthy eco-system across Africa. Patrick will also discuss the important role we all have to play in conserving the rhinoceros.
Ol Pejeta ranger and northern white rhino carer JAMES MWENDA, is a living demonstration of local community involvement in wildlife conservation. In his first visit to the UK, James will share his unique knowledge, the highs and lows of looking after the last northern white rhinos left in the world, and explain the promise he made to Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, when he died in early 2018.
Meet Patrick and James in more detail below.
We will also update you on the latest developments in the ground breaking scientific research that we hope will bring a species back from the brink of extinction.
Hosted by the 'voice of cycling', Phil Liggett, and including a stunning auction with TV's Jonty Hearnden, Helping Rhinos and Ol Pejeta Conservancy hope you will join them at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 4th April from 18:00 for an evening not to be missed.
ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
1 KENSINGTON GORE
THURSDAY 4TH APRIL 2019
18:00 - 21:30
TV PRESENTER AND SCIENTIST
Biologist and self-confessed thrill seeker, Patrick Aryee, has always had a fascination with animals and how the world around us works. His guiding force is to always keep us the audience at the centre of his experiences of the wild. Through his eyes, he’s taken many us around the globe, to experience daringly close animal encounters, from the comfort of our homes.
His latest series ‘Big Beasts: Last of the Giants’, sees Patrick face to face with the biggest animals on Earth. From being stalked by Komodo dragons, free-diving with sperm whales and even coming face-to-face with a grizzly bear; Patrick uncovers why size really matters in nature, and why it’s so important to now more than ever, preserve their natural habitats.
Patrick is thrilled to join us at ‘Rhinos Road to Recovery’ where he’ll share his tales from the wild. Ultimately, he wants to highlight the important role that mega-herbivores, including rhinos, play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem and how that goes on to impact all of our lives, wherever in the world we may be.
RHINO RANGER AND CONSERVATIONIST
JAMES is a young man who made his way to Ol Pejeta Conservancy out of an abiding love for animals and a concern for their welfare. Throughout his childhood, James helped provide for his family by working the nearby teafields and by hauling foreign tourists gear up Mount Kenya as a porter.
James is the youngest member of Ol Pejeta’s rhino unit tasked with providing round-the-clock care and protection for the last two northern whites rhinos that survive in the world today, Najin and Fatu, James was very close to Sudan, the last male northern white rhino, before his death in March 2018.
Guests at ‘Rhinos Road to Recovery’ will hear how this loveably naive idealist become a seasoned leader within the Ol Pejeta rhino unit and how he made a promise to Sudan, or Buddy as James affectionately refers to him, that he would tell his story around the world. A story of being the last male northern white rhino on our planet and how even after death, this great rhino will continue to inspire a global population.