Child of nature, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, is a passionate wildlife conservationist, anthropologist, author and presenter. Intimately familiar with life in the wilderness, Saba is an experienced authority on many species, from elephants and lions to polar bears and penguins.

Watch the interview with Saba as she discusses her career, bringing her children up “bush-wise” and why rhino are social butterflies...

“It’s very important that we break down these barriers between the urban environment and the natural world. We’re destroying so much of nature before we’ve had a chance to explore it.”

Raised on a Tanzanian riverbank next to her father’s pioneering Elephant research camp, Saba qualified as an Anthropologist at St Andrews before returning to the bush to forge a career in wildlife conservation. Raising awareness in the local and global community with grassroots projects and award-winning BBC documentaries is central to her work.

Saba on the car, elephant to the left
“Adventure for adventure’s sake, after a while, can be a little bit shallow, but if there’s something that you passionately believe in and pursue, then anything is possible.”
A lion
Lion - Saba Douglas-Hamilton and Frank Pope

The education process starts at home in Kenya. Saba encourages her young children to trust themselves, using all their senses to be aware of - and learn from - the natural world around them. Pushing the frontier beyond hedonistic pursuits, this family of explorers are rebels with a cause, harnessing the spirit of adventure to further their work protecting wild biodiversity.

Filmed as part of the Voyager Programme lecture series at SKC