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Steve Boyes

Conservationist and National Geographic Explorer
  • Passionate conservationist working to preserve the Okavango Delta in Botswana
  • Traverses the African wetlands by foot, encountering crocodiles, hippos, and rhinos
  • Gives audiences an eye-opening look at the world’s last untouched wilderness with powerful stories and stunning photography
  • Inspires audiences to never stop exploring with his contagious passion and energy
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Conservationist, National Geographic emerging explorer, and TED speaker Steve Boyes has dedicated his life to preserving Africa’s wilderness areas and the species that depend upon them. His work takes him all over Africa – studying wildlife rehabilitation and biodiversity, fighting the wild-caught bird trade, planting thousands of trees in forest restoration projects, mitigating threats bringing parrot species to the brink of extinction throughout Africa, and working to preserve and protect Botswana’s uniquely pristine Okavango Delta – the last untouched, unpopulated wilderness in Africa. His efforts support the delta’s nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site, championing the protection of the river’s entire path and establishing the largest protected area in the world. Boyes’s documentary “Into the Okavango,” which follows his journey to explore the Angolan highlands is set to premiere at the Sundance festival in 2018. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Steve Boyes inspires audiences with an eye-opening look at the world around us and shares insights on the power of exploration in all facets of life. Through the use of stunning high-quality images and stories, he challenges audiences to view the world and their impact on it with a fresh perspective.

The Road to Conservation. Boyes’s passion has always been wilderness. “Wilderness cannot be restored or recreated, only destroyed,” he says. “We are about to lose our last glimpses into pre-history.” He leads expeditions into the vast Okovango Delta in a quest to preserve its rich biodiversity, which he believes is the key to maintaining our environment, quality of life, and connection to the planet. Boyes’ 220-mile trek into the heart of delta allows him benchmark the current state of the wilderness against future changes, using birds, fish, and frogs and guides, and there, he is a rare, privileged visitor. His acceptance into the tribe of the indigenous baYei people was one of his proudest moments.

For each expedition, Boyes enters baYei territory barefoot, unarmed, and with minimal food — but with pounds of high-tech equipment including cameras, computers, batteries, and solar panels – in order to conduct his research and offer real-time data online with the public. Though he spends his days in the steamy African wetlands, the man who thrives in the wild is remarkably tech savvy. Boyes’s blogs bring the exotic landscapes and birds he loves to millions who may never see them in person, raising awareness, political action, media attention, and funds for preservation, and “sharing the experience with people around the world to convince them to protect a place they’ll never visit.”

A native of South Africa, Boyes spent more than five years in the Okavango Delta while doing fieldwork on the little-known Meyer’s parrot for his doctorate in zoology. He currently runs the Cape Parrot Project with support from the Society’s Conservation Trust, which aims to stimulate positive change for the species through research and community-based conservation action. He is also the scientific director of the Wild Bird Trust and the director of the World Parrot Trust.

His passion is contagious and he has conducted seminars and talks at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, California (Berkeley) and Colorado (Boulder), as well as at the Bronx Zoo and several local and international conferences.

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