Mr Field talks in detail about the lives of wild African lions and tells of his own survival story during a fierce attack on him by a lion. He also talks about lion conservation, including why lion numbers have dropped from 200,000 to as few as 20,000 in the last 70 years. He discusses whether trophy hunting has any role in their long term conservation and what needs to happen if wild African lions are going to survive into the future.
Richard Field has had a fascination for lions as a young boy in South Africa. In his early 20s, he followed his dream of working as a safari guide. He was educated in Australia, where he now resides, but moved back to Africa at the first opportunity. He has worked in the safari industry for the last 21 years, including 10 years as a safari guide in Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Whilst working in a remote corner of Botswana as a 25 year old safari guide, Richard was attacked by a female lion. He was severely mauled and was bitten on the back of the head. Mr Field still guides safaris throughout Africa, but now runs his own safari travel company, African Family Safaris.
Members of the RGS and guests are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for RGS Members and HK$200 for guests and others including red or white wine.
The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for its generous assistance with this event.