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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,...

March 13, 2017

Between emergency rescues and his undercover poaching investigations, it’s difficult to connect with Wildlife SOS co-founder Kartick Satyanarayan. 

Fortunately for MHP he made time while on the road in India to chat about his life and the brilliant work of Wildlife SOS. From a childhood spent observing tigers up on a tree branch, to picking the wrong course at university, Kartick talks about the career he loves, including helping to eradicate the illegal dancing bear trade in India.

He has dressed as a holy man to investigate the poaching of pangolins, tackled the...

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...

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 14, 2016

As Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES),  John Scanlon has to juggle the complexities, controversies and policies around trade in species world wide. This is no easy task, and with wildlife poaching at an all time high, John is happy to argue the critical importance of a body like CITES.

As part of his job, John travels a lot. On and off planes he spends much of his time meeting with heads of state, royalty, local communities, NGO’s, military and an assortment of other gove...

October 14, 2016

From a childhood playing in the gullies of  Jamaica to visiting over 175 units of the US National Park system, Audrey Peterman, with her infectious positivity, has become a passionate advocate for the beauty of America's nature and a fierce defender for the rights of all Americans to share in its splendours. 

Along with her husband Frank, Audrey is the co- author of two books about the National Parks System; Legacy on the Land: A Black Couple Discovers Our National Inheritance and Tells why Every American Should C...

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