VERY proud to announce that
Ian Redmond OBE
has been the first person to confirm that he would like to be a guest on the day.
Ian is a tropical field biologist and conservationist, renowned for his work with great apes and elephants. For more than 30 years he has been associated with Mountain Gorillas, through research, filming, tourism and conservation work. Ian founded Ape Alliance in 1996 to encourage conservation organisations to work together.
I came across Ian when his Annual Ape Alliance Panel Meeting popped up as an advert on Facebook, being held a couple of nights later at Bristol University, I decided to go along & sit in the audience. This is where I came across Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Rehabilitation, whom I have fallen in love with.
Jimmy & Jenny Desmond came to Liberia to assume responsibility for a group of chimps, abandoned by The New York Blood Center. After the scientists ended using & abusing the chimps, they pledged to pay the upkeep for them, but in 2015 they stopped.
Lindsey Parietti’s BAFTA winning film ‘Blood Island’ tells the chimps story & how Jimmy & Jenny Desmond became involved ~ we shall be showing the film on the day.
I would like to thank Ian for introducing me to the Desmonds through this informative evening ~ they skyped from Liberia & we were treated to a guest appearance from Chance.
There will be a fundraiser running alongside this event to raise funds to help build a sanctuary for LCRP & the amazing work they are doing for the abandoned chimps, & the baby orphans, all to regularly arriving at their home, seized from the bush meat trade.
Thank you Ian ~ both for including the public at that meeting and EVEN more, for believing in my event & supporting it with your presence !!
Ian’s next evening I shall be attending still has some FREE tickets left if you are around Bristol
Remembering Great Apes