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Date: 18/10/2017

Highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, is set to visit West Midland Safari Park on Tuesday 7 November ahead of her visit to Birmingham’s Town Hall as part of her ‘A Life With Elephants’ tour.

Coming all the way over to the UK from her home in Kenya, Saba will be meeting Safari Park staff to talk about

her work in elephant conservation and also meet some of the elephants themselves – including their youngest

member, baby elephant Sutton, who was the first elephant in the UK to be born via artificial insemination.

Lewis Hodson, Deputy Head Keeper of Elephants at West Midland Safari Park, said, "


We are all very much

looking forward to meeting Saba and hearing about her experiences with elephants. I've worked with

elephants for many years and always find it fascinating to hear from others that share the same passion for

working with these magnificent creatures. Our three elephants, Latabe, Five and young Sutton, are also

looking forward to meeting her!”

Born in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, Saba met her first wild elephant when she was just six weeks old - one

of approximately 400 living in the Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania that her father, Iain Douglas-

Hamilton, was studying.

Saba’s first job was with Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, working in the hinterland of the Skeleton Coast on a

Crafts for Conservation project. She was then head hunted by the School for International Training to work as

an academic director in Tanzania, and later did a stint as an anthropological consultant for the National

Museums of Kenya.

In 1997, Saba joined her father’s charity, Save the Elephants (STE), as Chief Operations Officer to help build

up their research centre in Samburu National Reserve, north Kenya. It was here that she was ‘talent-spotted’

by the BBC and began her life as a TV presenter and producer of wildlife documentaries.

Saba will be at Town Hall, Birmingham on Wednesday 22 November at 7:30pm for an evening of exciting

animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family, which brings her into

close contact with some of the most fascinating and rare wildlife on the planet. The show will also include a

question and answer session.

Tickets are still available online, via telephone and also at the Symphony Hall box office. For more information

about the event, visit to