“I have interacted with wild orang-utans, explored Africa’s numerous national parks, and visited remote corners of Australia. What a privilege!”
Elizabeth’s love of nature began early in life. From the age of three she stepped from her back porch right into Cheetham Park, a semi-natural public reserve in England, where her father worked as a gardener.
Within the Park was a densely wooded valley, which to this day remains a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds nature reserve.
“The back doors of our cottage were inside the Park, so our splendid isolation was complete once the big gates were closed. The Park became my playground, and weekends were especially exciting, when I would be allowed through the locked gate into the bird sanctuary. There I spent hours tagging birds, repairing nests and helping the warden to record domestic and migrant species.”
In the extraordinary life that followed, Elizabeth lived in Swaziland, Hollywood and outback Australia.
“I have lived and worked on five continents, long before poaching, forest clearing, mining and climate change were crucial issues.”
Elizabeth has chosen to leave a donation to the future protection of the natural world which, throughout her life, has been her playground.
“As long as you keep national parks going, as long as you retain the Barrier Reef, as long as you keep the harpoons away from the seals... I mean, there’s so much to be negative about that we must think positively.”