David Gower’s support for conservation charity World Land Trust
David Gower and wildlife conservation
Until he was six, David Gower’s family lived in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in Africa. From a young age he was lucky enough to go to the big game parks where he developed a lifelong interest in wildlife.
As an adult he returned to Africa to play cricket, and he has revisited childhood haunts on many occasions. He particularly enjoyed trips to Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Kenya, although he says big organised safaris aren’t for him!
During his professional life David has travelled widely and always makes a point of using time-off for wildlife watching. From an early age, not unsurprisingly, it was the large mammals that captivated him, but he has since became interested in birds. Nowadays he enjoys all wildlife and finds watching wildlife a wonderful way to relax after a hectic work schedule.
World Land Trust’s first Patron
David is now a journalist and commentator. He became the first Patron of World Land Trust (WLT) in 1996.
He has written several books and assigns the Public Lending Rights in all of them to WLT’s Green Ink project. He has also encouraged many of his author-colleagues to assign the rights in their books to WLT.
David has represented the Trust at several public events. In 2011 in Mumbai, he hosted an auction of Emeralds for Elephants in India, on behalf of WLT. The fundraising event was designed to highlight the urgent need to create wildlife corridors in India, to reduce conflict between humans and wild animals. The glittering event raised US$150,000 for WLT.
Speaking at the auction, David said: “With India being home to 60 per cent of the world’s remaining Asian Elephants, their survival in India is critical to the survival of the species as a whole. World Land Trust is dedicated to supporting Wildlife Trust of India in their mission to secure a future for elephants.”
In 2014, David was a champion of WLT’s Great Garden Give campaign. On 3 September 2014, he is hosting David Gower & Friends, an event at Blackfriars Hall in Norwich to celebrate WLT’s 25th Anniversary.