British biologist and conservationist Ian Redmond is appointed ambassador of terrestrial species at the Convention on Migratory Species. The ongoing Conference of Parties to CMS in Gandhinagar, India, appointed him as ambassador.
He is made the ambassador considering his work on wildlife. He is known for his association with elephants and great apes.
Redmond is associated with research, conservation and filming of Mountain Gorillas for more than 35 years. He was Ambassador for UN Year of Gorilla in 2009. He is also an ambassador for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species since 2010.
As an ambassador, Redmond said he could help to make documentaries and social media posts about what CMS does. Born in Malaysia, Redmond’s interest for animals started during his boyhood days in Beverley. After his university studies in 1976, he went to Africa and joined Dian Fossey. Here he was engaged in research and conservation of mountain gorillas of Zaire and Rwanda.
He has also led many anti-poacher patrols and guided film crews or other interest groups into close encounters with chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants and orangutans erupting volcanoes and worked to support local conservationists during the civil wars n Rwanda and Congo.