Welcome to Episode 16 of the Nurtured by Nature podcast. Today I’m delighted to be joined in conversation by the incredible Bobby-Jo Vial. Based in Australia, Bobby-Jo is an award winning wildlife photographer and the chief Honey-Badger at Bobby-Jo Safaris.
In this inspiring episode we swap stories around our shared love of Africa and Wildlife safaris. Discuss how ethical tourism and Wildlife Photography can provide hope and important support for conservation, whilst sharing some of the incredible grass roots conservation organisations that we have both had the privilege to work with first hand and see the huge contributions they are making to protecting both wildlife and wild places, including the amazing Kope Lion Project. But of course no conversation with Bobby-Jo would be complete without asking ourselves “What Would Honey Badger Do?”
Learn more about Bobby-Jo and discover how to join her on an amazing safari trip of a lifetime:
Bobby-Jo’s passion is photography.
Bobby-Jo’s laid-back approach and bubbly personality see many people loving to travel with her and rebooking time and again on her next safari adventure and she has inspired many people to take an interest in wildlife and conservation. As a qualified zoo-keeper her extraordinary perception and insight into animal behaviour in the wild enables her clients to capture unique and endearing images.
Bobby-Jo sees photography as a slice of your life, a drop of your time. Her hope is to freeze those moments that mean the most to her clients. She takes pictures because capturing moments is more interesting than imagining them. Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second. Because you want to remember forever.
Her images have featured in publications around the world including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The New York Post, Huffington Post, Paris Match, Hello Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and Africa Geographic.
Her opus ‘Reflections of Elephants’ was published in August 2016 coinciding with World Elephant Day. This book features many of her favourite elephant images and raises funds for the protection of some of the last Tuskers of Africa via her work as part of The Askari Project (www.theaskariproject.org).
Bobby-Jo is also a team member of the Kope Lion Conservation initiative in Ngorongoro, Tanzania (www.kopelion.org)
At the beginning of 2023 Bobby-Jo launched her new safari company – Bobby-Jo Safaris.
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Other useful links from this episode:
Virunga National Park: https://virunga.org/
The Thin Green Line: https://thingreenline.org.uk/
Giraffe Conservation Foundation: https://giraffeconservation.org/
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