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Writers on the Waterfront: Wild About Conservation

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WILD ABOUT CONSERVATION:
Writers on the Waterfront Lunch

A lifelong passion for conservation has led to some wild escapades across the globe for adventurous couple Tammie Matson and Andy Ridley, guest speakers at the Writers on the Waterfront luncheon event within Festival Cairns at noon on Tuesday 29 August 2017.

Dr Tammie Matson
Originally from north Queensland,Tammie is an Australian zoologist, environmental consultant and spokesperson on threatened species conservation worldwide. Specialising in human-wildlife conflict, she is co-producer and co-star of the National Geographic documentary Let Elephants be Elephants and the author of three award-winning books on African wildlife. Recognised as a world expert on elephants, she has worked with local people to reduce human-elephant conflict in Africa and India while investigating the dangerous and dark heart of the illegal rhino horn and ivory trade from poachers to presidential palaces in Asia.

Andy Ridley
Andy fought for reef protection when he worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Sydney prior to his role as CEO and Co-founder of Earth Hour Global, and later as Ambassador for Tourism Australia.

After living abroad in Asia and Europe in recent years, Tammie and Andy have recently returned to live in Cairns to raise their two young sons. While Andy takes up his role as CEO of a ground-breaking new foundation, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, both are involved in leading ethical tours. Matson & Ridley Safaris go to a choice of destinations, such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nambia and Botswana.

The Writers on the Waterfront literary lunch is hosted by Tropical Writers Inc. as part of the 2017 Cairns Festival program.

When: 12.00-3.00pm on Tues 29 August 2017

Where: Shangri-La Hotel at the Pier, Cairns

Tickets: $60 plus booking fee (2 courses plus guest speakers)

TW members: $55 plus booking fee

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