Monday, 4 April 2016

safariLIVE has a new presenter. Please join us in welcoming Sam Chevallier.




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Sam is young, passionate and intelligent. Born in the mother city, Cape Town, he spent his years of youth growing up on South Africa’s beautiful west coast beaches. Once his schooling was complete Sam then attended Stellenbosch University where he completed an undergraduate degree in Development in the Environment. From there Sam did an Honours degree in Sustainable Development at the Sustainability Institute only to reach even greater heights by securing a masters degree in Intelligent Design Thinking at Schumacher College in the United Kingdom.

The bush has always played a huge role in Sam’s life. His father, Nick, is well known in the wildlife filmmaking industry and this is where Sam’s interest for the natural world and its delicate balance with human development was sparked at a young age. He was also fortunate enough to have spent many of his family holidays visiting the wild places in South Africa building a true love and passion for the wilderness.

“The intelligence of the natural world has always spurred my passion for the bush,” this sentiment combined with the desire to acquire a deeper knowledge and understanding of the natural world motivated Sam to complete his guiding course at Londolozi. “I  thoroughly enjoy learning more about how other beings (plants, birds, mammals, reptiles...etc) are experiencing their environment, and how everything is integrated within this incredibly complex ecology,” Sam is fascinated by the intricate workings of all things great and small. He states that we, as humans, can learn a great deal from the workings of various animals and plants who have survived and adapted to a dynamic wild for millennia.

Sam is particularly excited to join the WE safariLIVE team because of the shared experiences between our expert guides and viewers from around the globe. He is looking forward to expanding his knowledge of the bush and the Sabi Sands and to sharing that journey with the safariLIVE viewers. He believes that a shared experience is one of the most powerful and being able to create and share an interactive experience on such an immersive level produces a common understanding and shared thought. This taken into context with the natural world and in particular, African wildlife, can only mean good things for conservation.

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WE are very excited to have Sam joining the team and are fortunate to contribute further to his guiding career. Welcome to the safariLIVE family Sam!

25 comments:

Diane Ensley said...

So happy to have Sam joining the WE team.

Unknown said...

Welcome Sam!!!

JoAnne said...

Welcome to the WE family, Sam. (I am e-mailer Jo Anne from White Lake, Michigan)

Mary Jozwiak said...

Welcome Sam! Looking forward to seeing you on drive!

HeartGiraffes said...

Welcome! We're looking forward to having you as a presenter at WildEarth. Hope you like giraffes!

Unknown said...

Sam you absolute champion. I know you will bring your passion and fire to the natural world you love so much! Look forward to seeing you present. Shake n Bake baby!

Janice Palmer said...

Welcome Sam!! Great to have you on board - you are certainly in for a treat with the Wild Earth team! What a privilege to work and learn in the African bush - enjoy and good luck!!
Janice

Erik said...

Awesome Sam!! Congratulations!! WildEarth mad a great choice!!

Jodi Villanueva said...

Yeah! I am so happy! Congratulations Sam! You were the one I was wanting to get the job. I feel you will bring us a new prospective on things. However, anyone willing to do a rain dance with James, is differently family!

ryazmom said...

Congratulations Sam! Welcome to WE. I know I'll enjoy riding along on your drives!

Pepperbird said...

I hope Sam does a lot of "thinking out loud" during the drives--I'd love to be the beneficiary of his up-to-the-minute knowledge and philosophy about wild nature, sustainability, and intelligent design!

binky51 said...

Welcome Sam!! We are so thrilled to have you with us and help us learn all that there is to know in the wild.

Binky

binky51 said...

Welcome Sam!! We are so thrilled to sit with you in the vehicle as you share your knowledge with us.

Binky

Bear Ont Can said...

Can't wait to be on Sam's first drive. Was impressed with his test drive. What a super young man



















Jim and Pat Ebacher said...

Sam is going to be a great addition! I will be particularly interested in his observations about environmental systems. About how one change affects everything. About the larger forces affecting things, even in their little corner of Kruger. And, it should be fun to see his excitement as he experiences things there for the first time. Thanks for sharing his bio! Jim [CamasGuy]

Gayle Cook said...

Welcome, Sam! I really enjoyed your excitement when you took us on your first safari drive. WE're looking forward to getting to know you!

Diane Steinhandler said...

Welcome aboard Sam. I enjoyed your interview safari and I look forward to your presenting as an official WE member. :)

Xi-Momo said...

I can't wait to see the many areas of expertise Sam will bring to the drives - I love his views of the intelligence of all beings...a great addition to our already stellar team!

Ellen Gabbert said...

Posted on facebook but will post another WTG Sam we are happy to have you guide us and be one of the family.

azlady said...

Welcome, Sam!

Janice Palmer said...

Good luck Sam! Hope you are settling in okay and finding your way around. What a privilege to be a part of the Wild Earth team. I am a fairly new viewer from the UK and I'm amazed that we can enjoy viewing Africa from such a distance! It's better than nothing anyway, or simply tuning into Nat Geo on the telly - this is way better!!! I returned from a visit to the Kruger Park in mid February this year and watch the live broadcasts as often as my job permits!! Enjoy and we look forward to seeing you on the show soon!

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Debbie Dence said...

Such a pleasure to have you on the drives Sam. Welcome!

Xi-Momo said...

Hi Sam! I am greatly enjoying your drives and happy you have joined the WE team!

Susan G said...

Hi Sam, heard last night that you will be leaving for the time being. I hope your ear heals up and if possible you can return to the Live Safari drives..will miss you!! Best Regards-Susan