Saba Douglas-Hamilton was born in 1970 at Nairobi Hospital.
STE is at the forefront of a coalition fighting to stop the illegal ivory trade. My mother and father are my role models, fighting for the cause they fervently believe in – the intrinsic right of elephants (and by extension, all other creatures) to exist on this planet.
I share their passion and it has shaped the way I think about the world.
She was named Saba, which means “seven”, by Maasai women because she was the 7th grandchild, born on 7 June and at 7 o’clock in the evening.
Her early childhood was spent playing with the local Kenyan children, only going to school when she was seven.
I did try and segue off to be an anthropological consultant, but inevitably my heart always came back to conservation.
When I was younger, I actually found it too heart-breaking to deal with, because I didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. I found film-making to be a way that I could do something positive, by telling stories.
For three years, she attended an all-girls boarding school in Britain which she later described as being ‘like a prison’.
After studying for the International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Atlantic in South Wales, she gained a place at St Andrews University in Scotland.
I think the role of the story-teller is incredibly important in improving our relationship with the environment.
But now that I’ve had children, I’ve gone back into conservation with a vengeance!
I’m 25 years old and work as an editor for a weekly science and technology newspaper in the Netherlands called Technisch Weekblad.