Gordon Buchanan Wows Audience in Perth

On Thursday evening, BBC wildlife presenter Gordon Buchanan wowed a packed house at Perth Theatre with a talk entitled Animal Families & Me in a special event with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS). 

The 400-strong audience was spellbound by his close encounters with some of the most iconic animals on Planet Earth. From wolves in the northern reaches of Canada to ‘super tusker’ elephants on the plains of Africa, Gordon shared the off-screen stories and intricate science behind some of his best loved TV moments.

Gordon concluded his talk by explaining that his role as a wildlife film-maker was to inspire people to care more deeply about the world around them, and encourage them to consider how everyone can help better protect the habitats of wild animals in the future.

 Following his talk, Gordon was welcomed into a new family – the family of the RSGS as an Honorary Fellow. This prestigious honour was conferred for his inspirational contribution to nature, environment and wildlife through his work on series such as Spring-, Autumn- and Winter-watch, Big Cat DiariesLast Chance to See… and, most recently, Grizzly Bear Cubs and Me which aired over Christmas.

 Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the RSGS, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Gordon into our family of geographical practitioners, communicators, thinkers and doers. Gordon has done much to inspire a greater understanding and appreciation of natural spaces and wild animals, and has been a consistent source of informed and intelligible commentary on a range of environmental issues including climate change and habitat degradation.”

 “We look forward to working with Gordon as his remarkable film career continues.”

As an Honorary Fellow, Gordon joins an illustrious list of previous recipients, including fellow film-makers Doug Allan, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Sir David Attenborough, the latter first speaking for the Society 55 years ago in front of an equally packed theatre.


 Image by Colin Woolf

The event was kindly sponsored by J&H Mitchell Solicitors and Estate Agents in Perth.

Abigail Shepherd