Earlier 2020 I followed some of the initial stages of the re-wilding two cheetah, Saba and Nairo, from the UK to South Africa with The Aspinall Foundation.
This is the first time two captive cheetah have been taken from the UK to South Africa with the intention of putting them back in the wild.
We left Saba and Nairo in Ashia Cheetah Sanctuary with the intention for the next phase to take place in April, however the Covid-19 outbreak has delayed their final release. So for now, they are safe and well at Ashia Cheetah Conservation.
I hope that everything falls in place and I can return to cover their final release. In the meantime, here’s their journey..
Towards the end of 2019 I followed The Aspinall Foundation begin the re-introduction of African Painted Dogs to Gabon in Africa. Taking a pack of 7 Painted Dogs from their reserve Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve to Lékédi Parc in Gabon, Africa. An incredible experience, amazing to be a part of. During the adventure I shot and edited in the field a series of social media posts following their progress. Here’s the full journey, please do give it a watch to learn more about the Aspinall Foundation, this is just one example of so many important conservation moves they have made and continue to make.
Animal Sanctuary the series was created for Made in Cardiff, produced by Mariclare Carey-Jones, co presented by Dai Watkins, filmed by myself and edited by Rhian George.
The series follows Mariclare Carey-Jones and Animal Conservationist Dai Watkins as they visit animal sanctuaries across South Wales to find out about the great work they do. Each episode features a different centre, so the audience will be finding out about a whole host of animals from chimps and tortoises to owls and lemurs.
I enjoyed shooting the series so much I ended up rescuing two tortoises of my own! Here’s a video of Boris and Ron the Tortoise exploring their new home, just for fun 🙂