Last Thursday we held a 20th Anniversary event in Bristol, with Sir David Attenborough, WLT's Patron as guest speaker. The event was a great success, and WLT's Jo Finch, who provided support to organiser Dan Freeman, sent the following message to the rest of the staff on Friday morning:
I just wanted to quickly let you know that last night's event at Bristol Zoo was a great success! Sir David gave a wonderful talk on the reasons he became a WLT Patron and also explained why WLT is so fantastic. John had the rather daunting task of following Sir David onto the podium but did an impressive job of explaining the history and growth of the Trust accompanied by some interesting video clips (shown below) compiled by Dan Freeman and Derek Kilkenny-Blake.
There was an interesting bunch of people there all who seemed thrilled that WLT had finally done an event in the South West of England.
There were several WLT Partners from the West of England, and a wide selection of our long-term supporters connected with the BBC Natural Hisory Unit in Bristol. Tony Soper, John Sparks, Barrie Paine, Richard Brock, all long-time friends and colleagues of Sir David Attenborough were just a few of those present. Jo Gipps and several of the senior staff of Bristol Zoo (who hosted the reception) were also present, as well as Simon Stuart, the Chairman of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN.