Wildlife presenter, broadcaster and public speaker
Christy is a relatively fresh face on the wildlife TV presenting scene since filming a new series with the Discovery Channel earlier this year. Previous to that she has been co-ordinating projects for the ‘Orangutan Foundation UK’ in the jungles of Borneo and began her film endeavours producing and presenting a documentary on the primates of Borneo. Thoroughly assimilated into the local life and culture and speaking fluent Indonesian, she posts regular video updates of her adventures and keeps a diary of the progress of the baby baboons she cares for.
Christy’s love of nature and wildlife was nourished by her upbringing in South Africa. She qualified as an advanced open water diver and went to the islands of Fiji where she took part in a conservation effort to save the reef. This trip inspired her to increase her knowledge and credentials by studying zoology at the University of Wales in Swansea, where she achieved a 2.1 BSc Hons degree and a first for her dissertation on the social behaviour of captive black Colombian spider monkeys.
Her passion for primates led Christy to the Trentham Monkey Forest, where she worked as a researcher for Roehampton University on a grooming behaviour study of Barbary macaques.
A post as an educational speaker at the London Aquarium helped Christy to develop her natural talent for imparting information in an informal but inspirational manner to young audiences. Her first-hand knowledge of conservation issues and animal behaviour, together with a great sense of fun, mean that her reputation as an ideal guest speaker is growing fast.
Pictures courtesy of: Scubazoo.