Roxy Furman

Roxy Furman

Zoologist

“I am a first-class zoologist and presenter (that has been working for ZSL for the past year) that has just returned to Uni to do a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit. My Undergraduate research focused on social learning in African painted dogs (Lycaon pictus), but I have worked with a number of different animals.
I have a passion for all animals and the natural world. I use social media to share this with others, regularly posting photos and videos on my account, @roxythezoologist, with the goal of reconnecting people with animals and inspiring them to get outside, have fun, and get involved with conservation initiatives themselves. My photography work has been featured by BBC Earth, the BBC, the Metro and the Guardian. Most of which has featured portraits from the Humans Of XR campaign that I have been running for Extinction Rebellion. Alongside this, I run my own business, Zephyr Eco Market, where I sell vegan, eco-friendly alternatives to mainstream products, encouraging people to live their lives in a way which causes no harm to animals and our planet, and also working closely with One Tree Planted and Painted Dog Conservation UK. Through social media, I educate others about the threats our planet is facing, raising awareness about plastic pollution, palm-oil use, animal agriculture, the exotic pet trade, and much more, and suggest ways that we can all help to overcome these issues by living more consciously on a day-to-day basis. I truly believe that there is hope for the future, and the more people that are inspired to get involved with conservation, the better!”

Sunday
12:00 - 12:30

Working as a Vegan Wildlife Photographer / Filmmaker

Roxy is a first-class zoologist and presenter (that has been working for ZSL for the past year) that has just returned to Uni to do a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking in conjunction with the BBC Natural History Unit. 

She will discuss her work as a wildlife photographer/conservationist, and the conflict that can arise in this industry where veganism is surprisingly uncommon. She will discuss how the importance of, as a photographer, always telling the animal’s story accurately. This feeds into Roxy’s wider gentle activism work, and how she stands up for animals by showing people how amazing they are, and inspiring them to help. 

Roxy will be talking about her own work and wildlife activism, and offer advice for others looking to follow a similar route.

Wildlife Summit full timetable

Sunday
1:00pm

Science of Sustainability

“My Mum brought us up vegetarian, but throughout my studies I realised this was not enough. I will be using my scientific background to explain what we can all do in our everyday lives to help animals and the planet. I believe that being vegan encompasses so much more than just diet, you can extend it to all aspects of your life from obvious things such as what you wear or what beauty products you use, to more indirect things such as showing compassion to all other beings (including other humans and yourself) and living a sustainable lifestyle.

This is a movement that is growing in traction, but information is often presented with a lack of science behind it. Helping people understand the science, often helps them to connect and broaden their perspective on what they can do everyday to help animals. I aim to simply inspire people to fall in love with animals and the natural world as I truly believe that if someone loves something then they cannot hurt it.”

Lifestyle full timetable