Hello I'm Emma and I'm a passionate presenter having gained experience both on and off screen. I really believe educating whilst having fun with audiences/viewers about nature, is a fantastic way to help empower others and create a much needed shift in thought process when it comes to the worlds ecosystem and it’s needs. Realising my passion for wildlife and adventure, I combined my love for presenting and producing online content to create fun reels for various companies and my own productions.
Having toured shows both nationally and internationally for 12 years, (credits include Science Museum Live) I am no stranger to hard work and I eventually secured a short term position with BBC Learning English.
I spent a year travelling to some of the remotest areas around the world in search of wildlife. From the Pantanal to Galapagos, Komodo Island to the depths of the Amazon Jungle, I discovered creatures and ways of life that blew my mind. Working in the Peruvian Jungle for just over a month I contributed to the research taking place on establishing species returning to secondary rainforest. I spent over 2 months as a videographer in Bolivia working with a fantastic organisation, La Senda Verde, helping them reach audiences further afield. With very little equipment, presenting and small time production skills, I managed to help them tell different stories and the plight that many animals face with bush meat and the illegal pet trade. They continue a media program and volunteer scheme from my time with them and I frequently lend my voice to their content.
Since then I have continued my journey and it has currently taken me to New Zealand where I work as a presenter at Auckland Zoo. I have the privilege of educating thousands of people from all over the globe on the plights of many native and exotic species, the small steps they can take to help wildlife and of course igniting and developing their passion for nature. I am pleased to say I have taken part in Auckland Zoo’s Wild Work Conservation strategies. I continue to explore and film wildlife bringing many of the unknown species from the countries ecosystem to online media. I have also had two spin offs on their social media page and have filmed for ‘Fanimals’ as a collaboration between Auckland Zoo and Whitebait Media.
For more information on myself, my work or how we could work on projects together, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I have a base in the UK and New Zealand and intend to broaden my horizons presenting and filming content worldwide. I try to think beyond the often predictable everyday life and experience the wonders this world truly has to offer. If I can bring people along for the ride, even better!
Since moving to New Zealand I go exploring whenever I can. I want to see as much native wildlife as possible. New Zealand is pretty interesting as its ecosystem houses the most amount of flightless birds of any country to date. An island that is not naturally home to any mammals except three species of bats, the native wildlife has adapted to fill mammalian roles and now it has to be protected from the predatory intruders. Birds like the Takahe are pretty special as they were once thought to be extinct. The remaining few are thanks to breeding and release programs. It's a massive privilege to say I have seen them in their semi wild habitat.
Kaka are large, forest-dwelling parrots that are found on all three main islands of New Zealand and on several offshore islands. They are most abundant in areas free from introduced mammalian predators or areas that have predators heavily controlled. Maori referred to kaka as ‘gossips’ due to their large chattery congregations. However, that said, they can be incredibly hard to spot when they are quiet and the easiest way to do so is to listen for the falling seed shells or dried leaves tumbling from the canopy. They are incredibly agile parrots, flying through trees without any worries. I also found them very hard to film as they seldom stayed still for long!
In the depths of the Bolivian jungle there is a place where illegally trafficked wildlife gets a second chance. La Senda Verde is a haven for animals desperate to survive. Ajayu is an Andean bear rescued from horrific pain, having been brutally attacked by a village. He was majorly underweight, completely blinded and had hardly any sense of smell due to severe traumatic damage. His story is told for the first time in a public space with the hopes that other animals will be saved in the future from such horrific abuse. He is a fighter unlike any other, overcoming incredible injuries to live a happy life once more!
Filmed with hardly any kit accept a DSLR and iPhone and spider monkeys trying to steal what I did have, I was surprised I managed to get anything put together. However I got it completed and two weeks after releasing both the English and Spanish versions on Facebook the views hit over 34k and was shared over 1.2k times. Hopefully a good start in educating the local communities and helping Ajayu to become the face of Andean bear conservation.
I travelled 13 hours across Peru then 7 hours through the mountains, hopefully so I can see Andean Condors at Colca Canyon. I've already been told it's less likely this time of year....but I know people that have seen them recently, so I stay positive. Donning my backpack, camera and map I hike to several places known for condor sightings and sit for hours hoping for a glimpse of one. The scenery is stunning but I've come here with one goal in mind!
Will my Condor dream become a reality? Watch 'My Search For Andean Condors' to find out.
Lots of people are scared of invertebrates mostly because there is little understanding of just how important they are to ecosystems all over the world. This year I worked alongside ZSH utilising BIAZA's Big Bug Bonanza campaign to create awareness on how amazing these creatures are. There were daily invertebrate shows at the park and then for the week that the campaign was running ZSH ran a mini series made for Facebook. Here you can see me hosting a mini episode on the snail.....notoriously a gardeners worst enemy.
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