This event requires pre booking . Two identical talks on the same evening first talk at 6.30pm second at 8pm. Both last approximately i hour.
Please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating which talk you wish to attend and the names of those attending. Security at the Consultate requires check in lists at the ground floor entrance.
HK$100 per RGS HK member and HK$150 for Non Members payable in cash on the night.
Prior to the talks there will be drinks , cash bar, on the outside terrace of the first floor.
Book available for purchase before and after the lectures (cash only)
Celebrity safari guide and author Peter Allison is one of southern Africa's best known safari guides. While known for stories of monkeys in underwear, mice taking malaria tablets and rescuing half dressed members of the British royal family, in this lecture he principally tells a story of the real bush. Taking as his theme the story of a lioness who mated with the wrong male and all the events that followed, he shows that animals' lives are as much a soap opera as those of humans, told with his trademark humour, poignancy and genuine love for his subjects.
As a safari guide in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Peter Allison like many others had the opportunity to observe many extraordinary animals, ranging from Africa's most famous such as elephants, hippos and leopards, to lesser known creatures like pangolins and aardwolves. Mr Allison spent five years at Mombo Camp, located on an island in the very heart of the Okavango, and saw not only these animals but one of the most extraordinary series of events ever recorded on the delta, involving many different species.
By mating with the wrong male, a lioness changed the lives of thousands of animals, not just those of her own species, but leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and the various species they preyed upon. It is extremely rare for such intricate interactions to be observable, but Mr Allison's long tenure in the area allowed him to observe and record the wildlife of Mombo in depth. Adaptation is the key to survival in any environment and not just at a species level. How lion prides and other predators coped with the fallout of this lion's actions is a fascinating tale made all the more vivid with a stunning photographic accompaniment.
Australian born Peter Allison started his career as a safari guide in Africa in 1994. He has worked in South Africa, principally at the Kruger National Park, Namibia, principally at the at Skeleton Coast, and Botswana, principally at the Okavango Delta. He has written two books about his adventures, titled Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Safari Guide (a New York Times book of the year) and Don't Look Behind You: A Safari Guide's Encounters with Ravenous Lions, Stampeding Elephants and Lovesick Rhinos. His most recent work How To Walk A Puma was published in 2012 tells of two years travel in some of South America';s wilder places.