Well hello there...
Hello. I’m James Hendry. Thanks for visiting this site. If you are here by mistake, it is probably because you are bored doing something like work so read on, you might have a laugh - or find something that I might do for you. At the very least have a listen to some tunes while you browse.
The point of this site is flagrant self-promotion. Apparently these days, one has to have a personal brand. This is my attempt at self-branding and sales.
At present, I am a wildlife TV presenter but I am also a, wildlife guide, writer (three and a bit books, various articles), a musician, a speaker. My training was in biology, conservation and human development (masters degree). I am inspired by the wilderness and fascinated by why we are, who we are, how we are. My greatest joy is giving people laughter and pleasure through performance.
WHo am I?
I’d like to be a renaissance man. That means I want to know and do a lot of things in lots of different fields. (A bit like Leonardo Da Vinci although I'll probably not design a chopper or paint a dodgy-looking woman with creepy eyes).
Right now I 'work' as a wildlife TV presenter and have hosted and presented 50 odd TV shows to Nat Geo Wild, SABC (South Africa) and CGTN (China).
I also spend a good deal of time writing - a new book called ‘Reggie and Me’ is coming in Feb 2020 - taking photos and recording music.
So that, in a nutshell, is who I am at the moment.
For those who find these things important, I have a masters in development studies from Cape Town University and an honours in wildlife science from the KwaZulu-Natal University.
My working life has been varied. It began at the Spur - a lamentable South African steakhouse franchise. This was a mercifully short three week experience for which my surly character was ill-suited. After university I spent eight years at various game lodges in southern Africa working as a ranger, ranger trainer, head ranger, land manager, researcher, lodge manager and entertainer. I spent two years being blasted by the howling winds of the ‘fairest’ Cape working for a wildlife film production company, studying and starving.
I have also dabbled as a professional musician, guitar teacher and porridge mogul. Yes a porridge mogul but it’s a long story.
I like to play the guitar, run, sing, drink good scotch, read books, swim in the sea, watch rugby and play golf. (The last of these is the most farcical part of my existence). I speak passable isiZulu, Xitsonga (Shangane) and appalling Afrikaans. I’ve written and co-written four books.