GILES CLARK – The Big Cat Sanctuary’s Director of Big Cats and Conservation
A leading conservationist and BBC TV presenter. From the age of 16 Giles was sure of his vocation in life, it was animals and wildlife. He began his journey with work experience at Paradise Wildlife Park which ultimately earned him his position as Head of Big Cats. This inspired his interest further in conservation and took him around the globe to learn, see and experience first-hand how he could get involved and make a difference.
Global travels to places such as India and Indonesia where he worked on various in-situ conservation projects strengthened his already strong conservation ethos. His mission is firmly to educate and raise awareness of the plight of the world’s big cats which he demonstrates with his unfaltering drive and infectious enthusiasm.
Giles embarked on his next adventure at Australia Zoo working alongside the late Steve Irwin where he presented the BBC documentary Tigers About The House and Tigers About The House – What Happened Next. In these documentaries he hand reared two Sumatran Tiger cubs – Spot and Stripe. Since then he has also featured in another BBC wildlife series – Ingenious Animals with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
Giles returned to the UK June 2016 and brought with him his wealth of knowledge and experience, helping the sanctuary to collaborate and team up with global conservation partners to help raise awareness and save our world’s wildlife. The latest BBC2 documentary Big Cats About The House which screened in April 2018 which featured Maya, a five day old Jaguar who was hand-reared at The Big Cat Sanctuary after her mother was not seen to be giving her the care she needed. She has grown into a wonderful big cat and a superb ambassador for her wild cousins, raising much needed awareness and funds in partnership with the University of Costa Rica to help protect Jaguars in the wild.