Written by Safari Live guide Hayden Turner
Djuma Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa – 1150PM
After the day is done, staring into the fire back at camp is my time to reflect and think about the highlights of my day.
I drive around this beautiful place everyday and many things go through my mind: wildlife, habitats, conservation, the future, and the list goes on. I cannot describe the feeling of what it’s like to be broadcasting LIVE to people and how it makes me feel so ‘alive’! To be connecting with viewers as we drive, answering questions and talking to them really makes them part of this adventure… they are why we are here. I really feel like they are right with me, there in the moment… and they are! The viewer and I are new friends, we are experiencing this together LIVE and there is no two ways about it, the connection is real and invigorating.
Today I was asked a question via email from Miss Jackie’s class in Illinois and Gracie (age 6) asked a question – for me to be able to answer that question LIVE from Africa was an incredible feeling and brings me so much joy and emotion, it’s hard to put into words. As a father and outdoor learning educator for children in my other role in the UK, I relish these moments and know that I am passing on the same message that someone has done for me in my childhood… But, to do it LIVE, from Africa, well that’s incredible and what WILD Safari LIVE is all about!
This project is undoubtedly the most exciting and connective TV I have ever been a part of. I feel like I have been given a new lease of creativity and direction with wildlife TV presenting. To think that moments like this could potentially change the whole trajectory of a child’s understanding and value of the natural world by engaging with them in the way is truly magical! If Gracie, her class, or any other person I connect with through WILD Safari LIVE can inspire them to care more about the planet, we are all on a winner! Thanks Gracie… You, Miss Jackie, and your class ROCK! See you on the safari drive again soon!
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