Ian Redmond, OBE – National Geographic Society Newsroom
Ian Redmond, OBE
Ian Redmond is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants for 40 years. Since studying and protecting the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), working for the late Dr Dian Fossey, and then making the first study of the underground elephants of Mt Elgon, Kenya, Ian has devoted his life to putting conservation principles into practice through investigation, education and advocacy. He has advised in the making of, and/or appeared in countless documentary films: from introducing Sir David Attenborough to the gorillas in 1978, for the famous BBC "Life on Earth" sequences, to teaching Sigourney Weaver to grunt like a gorilla in 1987, for her award-winning role in the film "Gorillas in the Mist", and more recently, the 3D movie "The Last of the Great Apes". Ian has also led anti-poacher patrols, carried out investigations into the primate trade in DRC and Congo-Brazzaville, guided film crews and/or special interest tours into close encounters with gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, elephants and erupting volcanoes, and worked to support local conservationists during the horrors of Rwanda’s and D.R. Congo’s civil wars. In 2009, Ian was Ambassador for the UN Year of the Gorilla and since 2010, the Ambassador for UNEP Convention on Migratory Species; he chairs the Ape Alliance and is Ambassador for Virtual Ecotourism, an exciting concept for immersive, interactive conservation education, which can be experienced at www.vEcotourism.org As advisor and conservation consultant to the Born Free Foundation, Ian draws on his experiences to advise on such issues as the bushmeat and ivory trade, the reintroduction of animals into the wild, sustainable use of forests, climate change and field conservation - helping to ensure the charity’s goal, ‘protecting wildlife in the wild’, is realised. Photo caption: Ian Redmond in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Courtesy of Michael O’Donnell, Channel 7
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