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May 1, 2017

Even though Thandi Mweetwa grew up in one of the most wildlife rich countries on the planet, her first memory of that wildlife was from watching TV and hearing the stories of her mother’s childhood. Those stories had such a profound impact that Thandi worked hard to create her dream job and became an integral part of the Zambian Carnivore Program.

In this episode of MHP Thandi (along with a very loud cricket), chats about Canadian anatomy classes, the reproductive life of lions, the joy of heading up the ZCP’s education programme when she’s not out in the field,...

April 20, 2017

Bonnie Wyper has had a busy life. With careers in fashion, radio, advertising, real estate and art, she’s found her calling as co-founder of Thinking Animals United, a powerful animal advocacy initiative.

In this episode of My Home Planet, Bonnie shares her childhood love of the country and what drove her to advocate for non-human animals. She discusses why the upcoming Rethinking Animals Summit is so important, shares some surprising things she’s discovered about humans, and why we may just be the dumbest species out there.

Bonnie Wyper is the Founder and Preside...

April 3, 2017

Emanuele ‘Ema’ Biggi would not take offence if you'd called him a nerdy bug collector as a child, in fact he’d take it as a compliment. From the minute he could shake the hedge by his kindergarten and wonder at how insects would magically appear, he was hooked on all things creepy crawly.

In this episode of MHP this naturalist, photographer and Italian TV presenter shares his love for the underrated and sometimes under loved creatures we share the planet with.  He chats about his tools of the trade, acting as a ‘perspective motion control system’, why less charis...

March 6, 2017

She was born a nomad and her mother declares that she was raised by wolves, which might explain why artist and creative conservationist Asher Jay is as comfortable on the plains of the Serengeti as she in the middle of Manhattan.

 In this episode of MHP, this dynamic, infectious personality chats about her drive to create such prolific and life changing art,  why poaching is not just about wildlife, and what we can learn from sparrows.

She confesses to losing her way for a time and betraying the largest part of herself, discusses the philosophical and spiritu...

November 21, 2016

Valerie Taylor-Living Legend, Conservation Champion

Valerie Taylor is a living legend.With her husband Ron, she went from being a spearfishing champion to one of the worlds biggest champions for ocean conservation.At eighty-one Valerie has had a remarkable life so far.

In this episode of MHP she talks about some of her incredible experiences; being knighted by the Dutch Royal family, her wonderful career as an underwater photographer, the backlash the film Jaws had on sharks, how eels make great friends and why tiger sharks are pussycats. She shares her admiration...

October 31, 2016

When Ray Dearlove was a real estate owner, he spent a lot of time helping people to relocate,but now he is helping Rhinos. As the founder of the Australian Rhino Project, this south African has set himself the monumental task of bringing 80 rhinos to Australia as an insurance policy against the unfathomable possibility of their extinction.

As I sat down to talk to Ray in a noisy café, he revealed the fateful phone call that lead him on the path to save rhinos, why it’s the biggest thing he’s ever done and his hope for their eventual return to their homeland. He d...

October 19, 2016

When the granddaughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton calls and asks you to recreate "the greatest survival story of all time" many people might think twice, but environmentalist and explorer Tim Jarvis knew it was a phone call he couldn’t say ‘no’ to. 

In this episode of My Home Planet, Tim chats about this epic voyage, navigating his way out of the Malaysian jungle as a child, the perils of self dentistry in -35 degree cold and the ways to weave environmentalism into conversations around leadership. 

There is excitement in his voice as he discusses at the prospec...

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