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Bill Oddie on the Ranch of Hopes

19 January, 2005 - 00:00 -- World Land Trust
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Don't miss... Oddie's Patagonia
Sunday 30 January, at 5.30pm, BBC2

Last autumn John Burton, WLT's CEO visited the Ranch of Hopes Wildlife Refuge in Patagonia, funded by the BBC, to meet with Bill Oddie and assist with BBC TV filming. The programme, entitled Bill Oddie with Penguins, Parrots & Whales, captures the beauty and important diversity of this, one of the world's last great wilderness areas.

Much of the programme was filmed on the Ranch which WLT supporters enabled the Trust to fund, which is now being protected by our partner organisation, Fundación Patagonia Natural. Although the land is paid for the Trust still urgently needs more funds to protect and manage the reserve to ensure that it is maintained as a safe haven for guanaco, Geoffroy?s cats, puma and other wildlife that depend on this coastal steppe habitat for their survival. Funds are also needed for the development programme which includes converting farm buildings for ecotourism to provide a sustainable income for local people.

"We couldn't have predicted that the whales would have acted so well for us, the filming is spectacular. I am very pleased with the finished result and hope that your supporters will enjoy the film as much as we did making it."
Stephen Moss, Producer BBC Natural History Unit.

Also for your diary:
The WLT has booked the Lecture Theatre at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, for the evening of Wednesday, 2 November when Bill Oddie and Stephen Moss will be talking about the filming and you will have an opportunity to see the film on a big screen. More news on this nearer the time.

Make a donation to the Patagonia project:
www.worldlandtrust.org
or telephone 01986 8734422.

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