Dudu Douglas-Hamilton

 

Born Mara Moon, Dudu, which means insect in Swahili, received her nickname as a child. Says her mother, "we called her Dudu as she was such a buzzing little bee when she was small plus was born under the Scorpio sign!"

Her father is respected zoologist Iain Douglas-Hamilton, co-author of Among the Elephants and Battle for the Elephants with her mother, Oria (author of The Elephant Family Book).  With her sister, Saba, she would track elephants, climb waterfalls, catch snakes and scale the rooftops of the local farm buildings in the company of their adventurous father.

Dudu is dedicated to the African wildlife and indigenous peoples. In addition to working with Saba on Heart of a Lioness for Animal Planet and The Miracle Lioness for the BBC, Dudu was a journalist for her University magazine during the South African transition of government, and co-wrote the book "Gangs, Rituals and Rites of Passage" that was published in 1997 detailing the gang problems in South Africa’s Cape Flats. Dudu has also produced many wildlife films for Paramount, traveling from Congo to Siberia, and acted as Assistant Producer on the National Geographic Channel documentary "Going to Extremes: Hot”, a story in which the Afar camel caravans travel into the heart of the Danakil Depression, Ethiopia, to dig out blocks of salt from a pan that was once an inland sea. With temperatures soaring above 50 ° C, it is the hottest place on earth.

Whilst maintaining an interest in journalism and current affairs, Dudu’s first love is film. The above photo was taken in the Tenere, one of the largest sand seas in the Sahara desert. The children are Tubu nomads who were traveling with her to the northern oasis of Bilma.

See also Dudu's CV

This page was last updated on 24 April 2016

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