On Sunday the 20th May AfriCat UK’s Director and Trustee was a member of the panel at the Bradt’s Big Cat Festival. He shared the platform with CCF’s Director Dr Laurie Marker, Jonathan Scott and Dr Sarah Durant who were discussing with Adrian Philips MD of Bradt Travel Guides and an audience at the RGS London ‘Big Cats and their future’. The panel agreed that there is a very real cause for concern for the long term survival of these wonderful cats, running wild in Africa and across the world, with land pressures and other risks like poaching and the threat of isolation for surviving populations ever present. The panel felt by working together, good use of technology, education across the planet and helping local people to benefit from the ‘wild resources’ they lived with then the future of these magnificent cats might be a reality for future generations.

The Big Cat Festival included a range of speakers and workshops on taking better photos. A personal highlight for Janet from AfriCat UK was meeting John Rendall who bought Christen the Lion from Harrods a book that had inspired her. Jonathan and Angela Scott talked about their life living with lions and about the new series coming soon on the BBC. HRH Princess Michael of Kent Patron of CCF spoke on a Cheetah Tale and talked to Carey with Laurie at the AfriCat stand. Another favourite speaker and supporter of all things spotted or striped is Paul Goldstein. Paul well known to members of AfriCat UK regularly runs trips to the conservancy in the Mara. He helped to develop ensuring community support and benefit.