I first set up talk: Wildlife in 2000 to raise awareness about conservation projects that I felt were not as well known as they should be. Three species in particular caught my attention and led me to three excellent, but very different charities.
The first was Dinofish, a charity for protecting the Coelacanth. If you don’t know the story of this truly ancient fish, thought to have been extinct since the age of the dinosaurs but then rediscovered in 1938, then you really are missing out. Very few fish can cause a president to go against his religious beliefs; and cause a major diplomatic incident.
The next was the Iberian Lynx. At the time (2000) there were only 150 of these enigmatic cats left in the wild. Numbers have increased to just over 300 since then. Their range is limited to parts of Portugal and Spain. The related charity at the time was SOS Lynx (the website is still live but the charity now partners with A Nossa Terra ). It’s reassuring to see the numbers have grown but this is still a critically endangered species.
Finally, there was the Jocotoco Antpitta. Only discovered in 1997 in the Ecuadorian Andes, this bird is described as looking like a melon on pogo sticks. It came to my attention when the World Land Trust did a story about it being discovered on land they had purchased. I was fascinated by the fact that such an amazing bird could stay undiscovered for so long! The story also alerted me to the work of the World Land Trust – what better way of protecting species than buying and managing the land they live on.
So now, following a hiatus to earn enough money to bring up the family (which included an exciting two-years at the British Trust for Ornithology), I have re-launched talk: Wildlife (September 2016).
The Mission: To raise awareness about species and conservation efforts that don’t always receive the exposure they deserve.
talk: Wildlife is not a charity; it is a platform for conservation charities and projects to talk about their activities and so I use the strapline “a voice for global conservation”. Hopefully generating awareness will attract donors, supporters and volunteers for the various concerns publicised through the site.
As talk: Wildlife progresses, I will introduce podcasts and videos covering conservation related topics. The speakers directory contains information about people who are already talking about wildlife.
A word about the logo
The initial talk: Wildlife logo featured a passenger pigeon – once one of the most numerous birds on the planet; now extinct. The new one features two species, the Eskimo curlew and the Grandidier’s baobab.
The Eskimo curlew was also very common, however as there have been no confirmed records since 1963, it is considered extinct (it is/was also a wader and I love waders!).
The endangered Grandidier’s baobab is an iconic tree that symbolises the unique wildlife of Madagascar, an island which has over 150,000 endemic species but is one of the most threatened environments on the planet.
I hope you enjoy this site, but more importantly I hope it brings to your attention the fantastic work done by individuals and organisations to protect our wildlife and you will find a way to support them.
With thanks to Jack Archer (Chester Cat) and Elise Mae Catlin for designing the talk: Wildlife brand.
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