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Dr.

Philip Richardson
B.Sc., (Hon.), M.Sc., D.Phil. (Oxon.), Pr.Sci.Nat. Project Manager HUMAN WILDLIFE SOLUTIONS

Phil matriculated from St. Johns College, Johannesburg before completing a B.Sc Degree Majoring in Zoology at the University of Cape Town. He continued his studies through the University of Pretoria where he completed his Honours and Masters Degrees in Zoology. Phil later attended the University of Oxford in the U.K. where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Zoology having been awarded the E. Oliver Ashe Foundation Scholarship (Rotary Award), the British Council Research Bursary, the University of Oxford ORS Award as well as the Charles Astley Maberley Memorial Scholarship (Endangered Wildlife Trust). Phil commences his career as the Curator of Zoology at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley where he was responsible for managing zoological collection and collecting mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles throughout the northern Cape. During this time he conducted research for his DPhil study on the ecology and social behaviour of the aardwolf. His other major research project involved determining the diet of the jackal on a large De Beers game farm to see if they were responsible for the decline in the springbok population (they were not). Phil was then appointed Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Zoology, (Mammal Research Institute), lecturing in ecology and animal behaviour. His special field of interest was the behavioural ecology and mating systems of carnivores and large ungulates. During his time at the University he supervised eight PhD and MSc theses on behaviour and ecology of a variety of large mammals. Phil also published over 40 articles in scientific journals, books and popular wildlife magazines and was the Scientific advisor for numerous wildlife films. At the time of leaving the university Phil was appointed as Adjunct Professor. Phil and his partner formed Africa Wildlife Films where he enjoyed over 15 years film making experience. He specialized in making informative and scientifically accurate documentaries about the ecology and behaviour of southern African fauna and flora, with an objective of getting this scientific knowledge out to a much wider audience than just the scientific community. Many of the film topics were based on Phils research projects undertaken while at the University of Pretoria. It was during this time that he spent just over 7 years living with Baboons in both Zimbabwe and the Drakensberg area. Phil is currently the Project Manager of Human Wildlife Solutions which is the service provider to the City of Cape Town in respect of Baboon Management in the Peninsula. In addition to this, Phil is currently involved in research on how to reduce the incidence of shark attacks on humans.

Phil has written numerous articles and publications, as well as being the guest lecturer at various universities including the Universities of Lund, Oxford, California - San Diego, Florida Gainesville, Memphis Zoo and Smithsonian Institution, Washington. Phil held the position of Chairman of SA Wildlife Society (N. Cape Branch) from 19811983, is a member of the Hyaena Specialist Group, the Zoological Society of Southern Africa, the Southern African Wildlife Management Association and the South African Council of Natural Scientists. Phil also has a number of film credit to his name including: Escaping the Great White (2010)( AWF/ National Geographic Channel Production); Drakensberg: Barrier of Spears (2008) (Awards: Cine Golden Eagle Award 2009); Life in Cold Blood: Land Invaders Amphibians (2007) (BBC NHU production); Manhunters: The lions of Njombe (2006) A true story about a pride of lions that terrorized a group of villages in northern Tanzania. (BBC NHU production); Namaqualand - Africa's Desert Garden (2005) (ORF, DDE, BBC and AWF Production) (Awards: NaturVision 2006 International Nature- and Wildlife Film Festival: Best Camerawork, 2nd prize); The Zambezi Troop (2003)This is the story of how a pair of baboon twins struggle to survive while growing up on the banks of the Zambezi river. (AWF & DDE Production in association with WNET); Walking with Lions (2002) We go on foot while filming lions hunting buffalo at a spring in northern Zimbabwe and follow a young female from birth until when she herself breeds with a new pair males after they take over the territory. (National Geographic Explorer Special) (Awards: Best Nature and Wildlife Film, New York Film Festivals (2004); Living with Lions (2002) A behind the scenes look at the making of "Walking with Lions". (National Geographic Explorer); Vanishing Pools of the Zambezi (1998) This is a seasonal story of the wildlife living on the floodplain of the Zambezi river in Mana Pools National Park. (BBC, OSF and AWF production) Foxes of the Kalahari (1997) A group of small carnivores (meerkats, Cape and Bat-eared foxes) in the Kalahari breed together for mutual protection against the larger predators. (National Geographic Explorer and Partridge Films Production) Meerkats: A Kalahari Saga (1996) The meerkats in the Kalahari Desert face the worst drought in living memory. (Discovery Channel and Partridge Films production) Bluewater Adventure (1994) A six-part adventure series covering water sports in southern Africa. (MNet SA, Getaway Magazine and AWF production) Aardwolf (1995) A film about Phils research on this and other termite eating mammals in South Africa. (NHK the Global Family);

Elephant Translocation (1995) An insert about the first international translocation of whole family herds of elephants from Zimbabwe to South Africa. (AWF production for CNN, BBC, SABC etc) Mashatu: Land of Giants (1994) This film chronicles the impact of elephants on this famous game reserve in southern Botswana. (MNET SA. and AWF production) Pangolins (1993) An environmental programme about Phils students research on the pangolin, the only mammal with scales. (SABC 50/50 and AWF production.