Liz Bonnin

photo: Toby Strong

Wildlife biologist and TV presenter

What did you like to do at weekends when you were 10?
I was living in the south of France in the mountains above Nice. We had a little forest by our house, so my sister and I would spend a lot of time outdoors. There were snakes and hedgehogs and spiders, and we had two dogs and we would just spend the whole day outside having all these adventures. I remember staring at little birds and little animals a lot!

If you could be a big cat, which would you be and why?
I have always been completely obsessed with tigers. First of all, they’re extraordinarily beautiful and magical. If there was such a thing as a magical, mystical creature on the planet, I think tigers pretty much fit the bill. And all of the habitats they live in are just stunning; the forests in India have a magical quality and the Russian far east just looks like Narnia! Tigers are incredibly independent, they’re very resilient, really strong, but with their families, with their cubs, they’re incredibly gentle and caring and they’re incredibly intelligent, how they teach their young. So, everything about them is just really amazing to me.

What is the most important thing your parents taught you?
To be true to myself.


LIZ BONNIN was interviewed by Clarrie in issue 6.