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New ambassador for FFI will help raise awareness of the need for conservation.
The British actor, writer, and overall polymath Stephen Fry was yesterday elected as a FFI Vice President. Though best known for his comedy performances, he has recently become more engaged in conservation issues.
Stephen presented the BBC’s ‘Last Chance to See’ programme, in which he and Mark Carwardine follow in Douglas Adams’ footsteps twenty years on from the book of the same name, in search of endangered species such as the mountain gorilla and the kakapo parrot.
The role of Vice President is honorary in nature and runs in renewable terms of five years. Vice Presidents are chosen from among people of distinction in conservation or public life more generally and who wish to assist FFI in achieving its conservation goals.
Other Vice Presidents of FFI include Sir David Attenborough, Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Rove McManus and The Lord Browne of Madingley.
“In the big sweet shop of conservation charities and NGOs, you’re just drawn to the one that makes your salival juices go and FFI was the one for me,” said Stephen Fry.
“We are overjoyed to have Stephen on board as a Vice President,” said FFI CEO Mark Rose.
“He truly is a national treasure and his support is invaluable for raising awareness of the importance of our conservation work.”
Watch Stephen talk about why he chose to become involved with Fauna & Flora International, in the video below: