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Television presenter tours with wildlife tales
Conservationist and wildlife TV presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton will be sharing exciting animal stories and behind-the-scenes tales of life in Kenya at Birmingham Town Hall on November 22, 2017. The event is part of a UK tour by the host of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries.

Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Birmingham Town Hall, A Life With Elephants, Conservation
Trunk call: Saba meets Sutton at West Midland Safari Park

Saba had a glimpse of some of the wildlife in the Midlands when she visited West Midland Safari Park as she prepared for her tour. She met Safari Park staff to tell them about her work in elephant conservation. She also got up-close with the park's elephants, including the youngest member, baby Sutton, who was one of the first elephants in the UK to be born via artificial insemination.

Lewis Hodson, Deputy Head Keeper of Elephants at West Midland Safari Park, said: "We were all very excited to meet Saba, as were our elephants. Sutton, our youngest of the herd, particularly enjoyed meeting her and loved being fed his favourite treat of chopped-up bananas! It was clear how much she enjoyed being around them and the feeling seemed to be mutual for the elephants too.''

Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Birmingham Town Hall, A Life With Elephants, Conservation
Conservation: Saba with elephants and staff at West Midland Safari Park

Lewis added:"It was fascinating to hear Saba talk about her adventures in Africa and listen to some of the encounters she's had with elephants. We all appreciate how much work she does for the conservation of these magnificent creatures and wish her well on her UK tour."

Born in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, Saba was just six-weeks-old when she met her first wild elephant, one of around 400 living in the Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania that her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, was studying.

Saba Douglas-Hamilton, Birmingham Town Hall, A Life With Elephants, Conservation
Never forget: Saba Douglas-Hamilton and friend at West Midland Safari Park

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 Douglas-Hamilton, Birmingham Town Hall, A Life With Elephants, Conservation
Venue: Birmingham Town Hall

Saba Douglas-Hamilton: A Life With Elephants 2017 UK tour dates:

Nov 10: Dorking Halls, Dorking;
Nov 11: Riverfront Theatre, Newport;
Nov 12: McMillan Theatre, Bridgewater;
Nov 13: RNCM Theatre, Manchester;
Nov 14: Taliesin Theatre, Swansea;
Nov 15: The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil;
Nov 16: Hall For Cornwall, Truro;
Nov 17: Northcott Theatre, Exeter;
Nov 18: Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford;
Nov 20: Richmond Theatre, London;
Nov 21: Corn Exchange, Ipswich;
Nov 22: Town Hall, Birmingham;
Nov 23: Theatre Royal, Winchester;
Nov 24: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
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Why? Fascinating account of life in Kenya
When: Touring from November 10, 2017
Phone: 0121 780 3333
Where: Birmingham Town Hall and touring
Cost: ​£20.50 plus fees
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