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Stephen and guests Photo: Angus Mordant

Fauna & Flora International Australia launches Conservation Circle

Posted on: 01.11.11 (Last edited) 31 March 2014

Vice-president Stephen Fry talks of the need for global conservation concern

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Australia was delighted to have FFI vice-president Stephen Fry launch the Australian Conservation Circle at an event in Melbourne last week.

Held at one of Melbourne’s most lauded restaurants, Comme, the event was hosted by ABC journalist Tony Jones, and attended by an engaged group of individuals hailing from the arts, business, science and media worlds.

The Conservation Circle lunch was an intimate affair that afforded guests an insight into Stephen’s experiences with wildlife and private thoughts on the importance of nature conservation. In a wide ranging discussion, he shared his experiences filming Last Chance to See with Mark Carwardine, including the translocation of the four remaining northern white rhinoceroses from a zoo in the Czech Republic, to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

An FFI Vice-President since 2009, Stephen Fry is in Australia hosting a live stage version of the BBC quiz show QI.

Conservation Circle launch Stephen Fry and Tony Jones photo: Angus Mordant

FFI Australia Executive Director Jack Whelan said, “We are incredibly grateful to Stephen for finding time in his busy schedule to participate in the inaugural Australian Conservation Circle series event. He is indeed, a fabulous ambassador for conservation and FFI.”

FFI Australia was established in August 2008 to support the organisation’s global activities and focus efforts and resources throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The Australian Conservation Circle is an exclusive group of forward-thinking philanthropists, scientists and business executives who are concerned about conservation and have the power to make a big difference, helping FFI Australia conserve endangered species, protect threatened habitats and address global environmental issues.

For more information on FFI Australia or the Australian Conservation Circle please contact Kathleen Chalmers via email at kathleen.chalmers@fauna-flora.org or call +61 (0)3 9416 5220.

Written by
Jose Harnett

Jose worked in the financial markets in Singapore for five years dealing primarily in interest rate derivatives. Jose has long been an avid environmentalist and the events of the crisis in 2008 gave her the extra incentive needed to change careers and pursue work in the environmental NGO field. Jose is currently undertaking a masters in environmental management at the University of New South Wales and has recently joined FFI Australia in order to combine her study with a passion for real time conservation work.

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