Every trip, every brush with new or familiar creatures has enriched my life, often with amusing, sometimes moving and occasionally alarming encounters.’
Even as a young child, Simon King was passionate about the natural world. Being savaged by a rabid cheetah, charged at by rhinos and elephants and defecated upon by a long list of birds may sound like hell to some. But these, along with countless other experiences with all things furry, scaly, slimy and feathery have provided him with a rich bank of tales to relive and tell.
With his professional life starting at just ten, acting in a television drama The Fox, (for which he looked after an orphaned fox for two years), through projects such as Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Big Cat Diary, and now Wildlife Whisperer, Simon King has travelled to every continent and lived in extreme conditions from the remote desert to Arctic and Antarctic wilderness.
In November 2010, Simon was appointed President of The Wildlife Trusts. There are 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the whole of the UK with just under 1,000,000 members. They are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone, and at 47 Simon is the youngest President in the organisation’s 98 year history.