National Geographic Emerging Explorer and TED Fellow Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to preserving Africa’s wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. A native of South Africa, Boyes is a biologist with a Ph.D. in zoology and extensive training in management and development of protected areas. Boyes founded and directs the South Africabased Wild Bird Trust with the objective of keeping wild birds safe in the wild. The Trust administers the farreaching Cape Parrot Project, a communitybased conservation project that aims to enrich the lives of the disadvantaged and impoverished communities who live within the home range of South Africa’s only endemic parrot, further enhancing its protection. The project recently launched an ambitious reforestation program that will plant one million trees to serve as habitat for the parrots.
Boyes’s other focus is Botswana’s Okavango Delta—what he calls “the beating heart of our planet.” This uniquely pristine delta spans a 10,000 square-mile patchwork of wooded islands, floodplains, channels, and lagoons, fringed by the Kalahari Desert. The Okavango supports a rich network of wildlife including lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, cheetahs, water buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and the largest remaining elephant population on Earth. His efforts through the years contributed to the declaration in 2011 of the Okavango Delta as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Boyes is now working to protect the delta’s catchment in Angola and Namibia, which remain vulnerable and largely unexplored.
In 2015, a team of scientists, engineers, photographers, and journalists, in a fleet of dugout canoes, navigated the Okavango Delta—a wetland so vast that it is visible from space—from source to sand. Boyes brings this groundbreaking journey to life on stage, leading audiences into the paths of hungry crocodiles and charging hippos, inspiring an appreciation for a truly wild place.
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