Inspiration

Natural World Heroes

Extraordinary individuals who are champions of natural world conservation and education

Celebrating our natural world heroes

Our original Natural World Heroes campaign marked the ten year anniversary of Natural World Safaris. To celebrate a decade of adventures in the natural world, we wanted to profile ten extraordinary heroes that specialise in the destinations and wildlife and habitat we take our clients to. 

After being enthralled by the stories of these fascinating individuals we felt that 10 wasn't enough! We've decided to continue featuring our Natural World Heroes so we can share more of what we love about these conservationists.

Our heroes may be explorers, philanthropists or pioneers. They may be wildlife guides, biologists and documentary makers. Helping to preserve and raise awareness of precious flora and fauna, our heroes reach out to individuals, communities, countries, organisations and travellers, to share knowledge about the environment and conservation.

These are individuals that drive research, initiate change, implement initiatives and projects, stir the public consciousness and inspire and educate others.

They help us to experience amazing wildlife and habitats in a responsible way, contributing to the future survival of some of the world’s most beautiful and fragile environments.

By profiling a selection of inspirational individuals we hope to highlight their commitment to safeguarding habitats, wildlife and the communities among them. We hope that this will motivate travellers and natural world enthusiasts everywhere to use their voice and take action to do the same, in whatever capacity they are able to.

Our Natural World Heroes

Alan Rabinowitz

One of the world’s leading big cat experts, Alan has been instrumental in establishing seven significant protected areas for big cats.

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Alexander Batalov

Responsible for establishing and running the Durminskoye reserve to protect the Amur Tiger.

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Andrea Turkalo

Known as The Elephant Whisperer and considered to be the leading expert on Africa’s reclusive forest elephants.

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Charlotte Uhlenbroek

TV presenter and conservationist who spent four years studying chimpanzee communication.

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David Shepherd

Wildlife artist and conservationist, and founder of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

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Hilary Bradt

Pioneering author, wildlife enthusiast and intrepid traveller, Hilary Bradt.

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Howard Martenstyn

An independent marine researcher based in Sri Lanka.

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Jan Ramer

Vet and Regional Manager with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.

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Jean Labuschagne

Special Projects Manager at South African NGO African Parks and dedicated conservationist working in the DRC.

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Julian Matthews

Founder of the charity TOFTigers working to conserve tigers and their habitats.

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Laurie Marker

Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and leading expert on this iconic big cat species.

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Patricia Wright

One of the world's foremost lemur experts and founder of Centre ValBio, a research station dedicated to conservation in Madagascar.

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Richard Roberts

Established the Mara Elephant Project to track and protect elephants in the Mara.

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Ruth Powys

Chief Executive of the charity Elephant Family, working to save the Asian elephant

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Wong Siew Tw

CEO and founder of the Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

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