As the face of Nat Geo Wild in Australia, Ben Britton gets closer to creatures great and small every day for a living.
Currently featuring in a series of locally produced vignettes highlighting his relationship with a wide range of native and exotic animals, as well as his work in Africa, Britton deciphers the mysteries of animal behaviour for viewers.
Passionate about wildlife, Britton believes strongly in conservation through education. He has appeared in a number of documentaries and on various television programs throughout his 20 years of professional experience in animal husbandry and wildlife conservation that have taken him across the world, from reserves in Africa to sanctuaries in Asia.
In addition to his on-air role, Britton is the Director of Wild Animal Encounters, a private wildlife sanctuary in Western Sydney, which focuses on outreach programs to schools, providing educational talks, displays and demonstrations of both native and exotic animals to educate the public on wildlife conservation.
Ben splits his time between his home in Sydney and Botswana, Africa where alongside the team at Mashatu Research he is working to help conserve big cats and other African wildlife.
With his easy-going affability, Britton is well versed in communicating wildlife conservation messages in entertaining ways through the media. He also acts as the resident wildlife expert on Today on Channel Nine and is a regular on 702ABC in Sydney.
Michael do Rozario
B. Information Technology (QUT), LLB (QUT)
Michael do Rozario grew up in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, before studying Law and Information Technology at QUT.
Michael has over 10 years experience as a lawyer, and acts in major litigation for some of Australia’s largest organisations. He is presently Partner in the litigation division of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, where he also co-ordinates the pro-bono and giving back program in Sydney.
Michael represented Ben and WAE in negotiations with the Department of Primary Industries and assisted WAE to obtain the permits and approvals to import serval Simba and Crunchie. Through his work as co-ordinator of the giving back program at Corrs, Michael has experience in fundraising and attracting corporate sponsorships. Michael is married to Emily Black and lives in Erskineville, NSW.
Michael (Mike) Middleton McClellan
B.A. (Macquarie University)
From the late 60s to the early 80s Mike McClellan was widely regarded as one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriter/guitarists, best known for his three year ABC TV series and the hits “Song and Danceman” and “The One I Love”.
In 1983, after almost 5 years writing as a freelancer for the advertising industry he joined Mojo as a senior writer and music producer where he created memorable campaigns for Australian Airlines, Red Rooster, Channel Nine and XXXX, among many others, working with some of the best marketers in Australia.
Two years later he and a partner set up Kazoo Advertising. By the time he sold his shares in the agency to an international company seeking a foothold in the Australian market it had grown to billings of $25 million annually with a staff of 16.
He established Mike McClellan Advertising in 1995 providing marketing and advertising services to clients such as Aussie Home Loans, Optus Vision, East Coast Television, Over 50s Investment Group and Australian Hearing (a division of the Federal Health Department) among many others.
In 2002 tiring of the constant demands of running a business in the highly competitive advertising industry he returned to consulting to give himself more time to write and perform once again. He has retained long working relationships with several clients providing marketing and business strategic facilitation services while returning to the stage.
He is also the Patron of a private charitable foundation, The Ottomin Foundation, and devotes time to supporting The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, Stewart House and several other NFPs they assist.
B.V.S (Sydney University)
After gaining a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Sydney University, Laurie pursued his interest in animal welfare in many different forums.
These included general practice with both companion and stock animals, teaching at Sydney University, emergency practice in the Western suburbs of Sydney and teaching the animal carers of tomorrow at TAFE NSW.
A stint in human medical research in the area of immunology and immunodiagnostics allowed Laurie to engage in the very early stages of the Animal Research Act, with all the animal welfare consequences that this implied. In particular, teaching and mentoring many honours science students and post graduate medical students became an important feature of developing a culture of awareness and stewardship towards animals amongst these practitioners.
After gaining membership in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Animal Welfare chapter) Laurie has continued to explore the basic role that both education and legislation must play in any meaningful animal welfare advances. These two arms of the culture and government of Western societies are of the essence in any intelligent and informed conversation regarding the roles of animals in society.